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Baptisia ‘Dutch Chocolate’

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Summary

Baptisia ‘Dutch Chocolate’ is a compact cultivar with purplish maroon flowers very similar to the larger cultivars ‘Chocolate Chip’ and ‘Twilite’. Out of these three, ‘Dutch Chocolate’ is the easiest to recommend because of its smaller habit (34”h x 54”w) and impressive floral display. Although ‘Twilite’ was an excellent performer, its enormous size makes it very difficult to recommend for the home garden. ‘Chocolate Chip’ is smaller than ‘Twilite’, but its habit is not as dense and sturdy as ‘Dutch Chocolate’.


Details

  • Rating
    4.6 
  • Common Name
    Dutch Chocolate false indigo  
  • Bloom Period
    2 weeks 
  • Peak Bloom
    late May 
  • Size
    42” x 80” (H x W) 
  • Inflorescence Length
    14" 
  • # of Inflorescences
    200 
  • Size at Flowering
    34” x 54” x 40” (H x W x Flowering Hgt.) 
  • Stem Color
    Green