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Baptisia

Botanical Name
Baptisia australis
Hardiness
Zones 3 to 9
Height
3 to 4 feet
Width
3 to 4 feet
Flowers
Mid to late spring: indigo-blue
Fruit
Black pods
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Plants grown in part shade may need staking
  • Baptisia is drought tolerant and tolerates poor soils
  • Division is usually not necessary and plants should be left undisturbed once established
  • Be patient, baptisia can be slow to establish
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Baptisia alba var. alba - white flowers, 36"
  • Baptisia x bicolor 'Starlite' - lavender-purple and yellow flowers, 45", excellent flower production
  • Blueberry Sundae - violet-blue flowers, 48", compact, bushy plants with stout stems
  • Cherries Jubilee - compact 40", maroon and yellow flowers along 18" spikes
  • Dutch Chocolate - abundant chocolate purple flowers on 48" plants
  • Lemon Meringue - bright lemon yellow flowers on sturdy, vase-shaped plants that hold their form
  • Lunar Eclipse - creamy yellow and violet flowers along 20" spikes, 48"
  • Midnight - dark purple-blue flower spikes measuring up to 21", 52" plants
  • Solar Flare - lemon-yellow and orange flowers, 44"
  • Sunny Morning - bright yellow flowers
  • Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite' - dusky purple and yellow flower spikes measuring 20" atop 48" plants

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