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Blue False Indigo for Native Gardens

13 Jun 2022 1:00 AM | Brenda Peshak

Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis), also known as Blue Wild Indigo, is a hardy herbaceous perennial that grows to a moderate size.  Resistant to poor soil, drought and pests, it attracts butterflies with its blooms in May and June. Blue false indigo is ideal for native gardens while hardy and suitable for any home  landscape.

Facts about Blue False Indigo:

Blue False Ingigo FACTS
Scientific Name : Baptisia australis
Bloom Time : May to June
Color: Dark Blue
Type:  Perennial
Height:  3 to 4 feet
Width/Spread:  3 to 4 feet

Good things to know:

Blue False Indigo is a herbaceous perennial native to the eastern United States. It grows easily in dry to medium moist soil in full sun to partial shade.  It is tolerant of drought, rabbits, and poor soil, and attracts butterflies.  Very low maintenance, it grows well, maturing to a more shrubby appearance. It can be used in borders, prairie or native meadow gardens.  Plant in U.S. Hardiness zones 3 to 9. It is not recommended to transplant or divide as its roots grow very deep. However, they can be propagated by stem cuttings.

Blue False Indigo for Native Gardens.

A welcome addition to native and prairie gardens, it is an ideal cut flower. In addition the seed pods which develop make a pretty cut stem for dry flower arrangements. You can find blue false indigo at Demonstration Garden in the water wise garden behind the bulb garden.

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