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Baptisia australis var. minor

Native Plants

Blue False Indigo

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Blue false indigo is a beautiful, long lived and drought tolerant perennial. Its intensely saturated violet-blue flower spikes reach 3’ tall on multi-stemmed plants in mid to late spring. With its bluish-green, leathery foliage, blue false indigo makes an attractive plant even after it flowers. It prefers full sun to filtered shade in average soils with neutral to alkaline pH. Baptisia australis var. minor is generally smaller in size as well as more sturdy than the species; therefore, it is less likely to flop over during the growing season. It combines well in the perennial border or meadow with Schizachyrium scoparium, Andropogon virginianum, Packera anonyma, Phlox pilosa, and Penstemon digitalis.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Other Common Names
    blue wild indigo, dwarf blue false indigo 
  • Fruit/Seed Color

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database