Perennial Plant of the Year: 'Blue False Indigo'

March 04, 2010
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March 5, 2010 – Baptisia australis has been named 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.


Baptisia australis has been named 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Commonly called Blue False Indigo, it grows three to four feet tall and three to four feet wide in an upright habit. This exceptional perennial grows across a wide range of zones and is one of the most adaptable native species.

Newly emerging shoots produce violet-blue, lupine-like flowers in erect 10" to 12" racemes atop flower stems that extend well above the foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves. The spring flowers are present for three to four weeks. The flowers give way to inflated seed pods that turn charcoal black when ripe and that flower arrangers consider to be ornamental. The common name refers to the use of this perennial by early Americans as a dye.

Baptisia australis is an excellent plant to anchor the back of the border. It is also valuable for cottage gardens, native plant gardens, and native area of prairies and meadows. It is best as a specimen or planted in small groups. Blue False Indigo can be used with bulbs and other spring flowering perennials to make interesting combinations.

It thrives in full sun. Plants grown in partial shade may require staking. It is easily grown in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant after establishment.


0 #6 Bonnie 2018-06-29 20:26
Do deer like to nibble on False Indigo?
Thanks, Bonnie
0 #5 june fountain 2017-11-26 17:51
I purchased my first plant this summer and it has done
beautifully in full sun. I am in Southern Ontario and we
have a wide range of cold temperatures during the winter.
I would appreciate if anyone would advise me as to caring
for it over the cold winter months. Should it be cut back or
left to die off. Currently at Nov end it still has leaves on it.I
Any help would be appreciated as I would love to keep it.
0 #4 Bev Lethbridge 2017-06-14 12:07
I have had mine for years, and never get tired of its beautiful foliage nor cute blue flowers!♥️
0 #3 Patricia Bell 2017-06-10 16:22
I'm growing it in the Okanagan Valley. Got a 6 inch potted plant from a Greenhouse in Salmon Arm. It's doing very well.
0 #2 Bill Jeffery 2017-05-15 15:34
I just purchased some from, a mail-order supplier from P.E.I. (2017/05/15
0 #1 Eleonor 2016-12-08 02:10
i wonder if it can grow in British Columbia, near Whistler in the mountains area in dry hot but short summer? also i appreciate with the tips when and where to purchase its seeds/bulbs? thanks a bunch, Eleonor

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