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False Indigo, Wild Indigo
Scientific Name: Baptisia australis (L.) R. Br.
Synonym:
Family: Fabaceae
False Indigo, Wild Indigo (Baptisia  australis)
Wild Indigo at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 3-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to -30F (-35C)

Heat Tolerance: Questionable in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern and southern USA, in damp soil and river banks

Growth Habits: Upright perennial, up to 4 feet tall (1.2 m), 3 feet spread (1 m)

Watering Needs: Drought resistant, takes moderate water but grows better with a moist soil

Propagation: Seeds in fall or early spring, division


The flowers and seed pods of the Baptisia australis are useful in floral arrangements. Both its flowers and foliage are of interest in the garden.

Cultural Practices:
The Baptisia has a long tap root, and it resent being disturbed.

Blooming Habits:
The tall spikes of deep blue pea-like flowers are the main attraction of this species. They come in early to mid-summer. Fresh flowers are good cut flowers. The seed pods are also interesting, and they are a favorite of birds in winter.

Fruiting Habits:

Propagation:
Root division in late fall or winter for areas of the country with mild winter.


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