Baptisia australis

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Buy Baptisia australis false indigo: Decorative seed-pods in winter

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Upright spikes of mauve to 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: Drought tolerant once established, however keep new plants well watered. Lift and divide large colonies in early spring.

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    Notes on Baptisia australis

    "Plant to the rear of the flower border or let it self-seed around a wildflower garden; endlessly useful as ground cover clothing gently sloping banks"

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    Recommended when established, needs patience!


    Love the delicacy and intertwining growth amongst a border. Also works well in patio pot (with support) as similar to sweet pea. Arrived as tiny plants, therefore won't flower until next year.




    Be Patient!


    I bought a plant 6 years ago. For the first 3 years it lived in a pot, but it was attacked by a nasty black mould. Then it was moved to the garden where it grew into a nice big plant but this year is the first time that a few flowers appesred! They're not a deep blue - more a lavender blue. So yes, be Patient!




    Cottage garden style


    A plant that needs staking but addds some structure to a cottage boarder

    Dr Dirt

    North Surrey


    Has not yet flowered : (


    Bought this spring 2017 and planted straight away. Grew well, but no flowers as yet. This is most probably because it needs time to establish - hoping that I get to see the flowers this year.

    Lily the pink


    Picture does not do it justice!


    These are great in the spring, with flowering lasting about a month. Deadheading encourages more flowers, but if you want the pods in the autumn and winter, stop deadheading towards the end of the flowering season. The flowers are virulent, even in my slightly claggy and less than ideal soil. the picture really does not do it justice, as there are far more flowers on most plants I have seen, including my own.


    Barrington, IL


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