Baptisia australis, False Indigo

Baptisia australis, Blue Indigo

A beloved Missouri native Blue Indigo, Baptisia australis, enlivens the landscape with showy racemes of pea shaped indigo-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Showy black seeds pots follow the flowers and look fabulous in dried arrangements. Its ornamental blue-green foliage looks great all year and makes a stunning backdrop for other plants. Winner of the the prestigious 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year. A featured plant of the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native Pollinator Buffet program, a collection of plants that have been identified as being important to pollinators.  

Baptisia australis is a carefree and easy to grow perennial. It prefers full sun. Carefully plan where to plants this beauty as plants do not like to be moved. 

A featured plant of the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native Pollinator Buffet program, a collection of plants that have been identified as being important to pollinators. See more Pollinator Buffet plants here.

Pollinator Buffet

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Baptisia australis

Common Name

Indigo

Bloom Color

Blue

Bloom Time

Late Spring, Early Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Part Shade, Sun

Height

48-60″

Width

36-48″

Uses

Beds, Butterflies, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens

Resistance

Drought, Erosion, Rabbit

Soil

Average, Clay, Poor, Rocky

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

3-9

Plant Type

Perennial