False Indigo

Baptisia australis

False Indigo - Baptisia australis

Common Name: False Indigo
Genus: Baptisia
Species: australis

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Upright spikes of dark indigo-blue pea-like flowers in June often flecked white or cream. False indigo is perfect for a well-drained border or a dry sunny bank. Resist the temptation to cut the plant back in autumn since the seed-pods and slender stems look wonderful frosted in the winter garden.
  • Garden care: Lift and divide large colonies in early spring
  • Goes well with: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens', Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll', Iris sibirica 'Papillon', Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue', Euphorbia characias subspecies wulfenii 'Blue Wonder', Alchemilla mollis.