Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis


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Key Features

3 to 4'

Container Size


Bloom Time

May, June

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Dry, Medium

Soil Type

Average, well-drained; Tolerates wide range including dry rocky or sandy soils.

Hardiness Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) is an upright perennial in the pea family that typically occurs in rich woods, thickets, and along streambanks. In spring, pollinators love its purple flowers, and it is the host plant for many species of butterflies, such as the Clouded Sulphur (pictured above). Flowers give way to interesting ornamental inflated seed pods. When they ripen and turn black, seeds rattle around in the pods, and were at one time used by children as rattles. Stems with the seed pods still attached are lovely additions to dried flower arrangements. The name Blue False Indigo comes from its use by early American colonists as a substitute for indigo in making dyes. They are best used in cottage gardens, meadows and native plant gardens. They are also striking as a naturalized specimen, or group. Overall this is a unique, useful, low maintenance addition to any garden.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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