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False Indigo

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False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants develop slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. 

Growing Conditions

Height 36" to 48"
Light Requirements Full sun part shade
Bloom time May to June
Zone 3 to 9

Additional Info

Blue false indigo is an upright perennial which typically grows 3-4' tall and occurs in rich woods, thickets and along streambanks.

Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once popularly used by children as rattles.

lowers give way to inflated seed pods (to 2.5" long) which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest.

 aCommon name refers to the use of this plant by early Americans as a substitute, albeit an inferior one, for true indigo.

All info from Missouri Botanical Garden