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False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Also known as

Bastard Lupine, False Lupine, Golden Indigo, Indigo Weed, Blue False Indigo, Blue Wild Indigo, Baptisia, Blue Wild Indigo

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

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

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Overview

Baptisia australis is a herbaceous perennial species with a clumping habit. It produces lupin-like, blue-violet flowers on a triangular raceme structure. This is a form of unbranched inflorescence where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. Flowers lead onto puffed up seed pods, these are dark grey in colour. Foliage is grey-green and leaves are in groupings of 3 leaflets. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit and it typically grows to a height of around 1.2m. This plant is fully hardy, plant in a position of full sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Propagation

Division

Divide in early spring.

Seed

Sow seed when ripe.

Special Features

Attractive flowers