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Wild Indigo

Baptisia spp.

Also known as

False Indigo

Baptisia australis - Flickr - peganum by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

50cm

Min

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A photo of Wild Indigo
Some purple Baptisia flowers on a plant
A Baptisia plant in flower
A close up of some white flowers on a Baptisia plant
A Baptisia plant with white flowers and green leaves

Wild Indigo Overview

Baptisia is a genus of less than 30 hardy, spreading, herbaceous perennials grown for their dramatic flowers. They are known as wild indigo or false indigo and their flowers are pea-like, on tall spikes and frequently purple or blue. Originally from wood and grassland habitats in Eastern and Southern North America. This genus has been cultivated for its attractive flowers and many hybrids now exist including yellow, white and pink flowered species.

How to propagate Wild Indigo

Division

Division in early spring.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Wild Indigo

Grown for their flowers.