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    Blue Wild Indigo

    Baptisia australis

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    Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) at Hartman Companies

    Blue Wild Indigo flowers

    Blue Wild Indigo flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) at Hartman Companies

    Blue Wild Indigo in bloom

    Blue Wild Indigo in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Plant Height:  3 feet

    Flower Height:  4 feet

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2

    Other Names:  False Indigo

    Ornamental Features

    Blue Wild Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of indigo pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its round compound leaves emerge lime green in spring, turning olive green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Blue Wild Indigo is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Blue Wild Indigo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Blue Wild Indigo will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

     
     
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