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Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: Blue

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants

Container Size: Quart

Height: 3 to 4'

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium

Soil Type: Average, well-drained; Tolerates wide range including dry rocky or sandy soils.

Other Names: Baptisia australis, Blue Wild Indigo, Rattlepod, Rattlebush, Plains Wild Indigo

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$11.99

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Description

Blue False Indigo is an upright perennial in the pea family that typically occurs in rich woods, thickets, and along streambanks. In spring, pollinators love its purple flowers, and it is the host plant for many species of butterflies, such as the Clouded Sulphur (pictured above). Flowers give way to interesting ornamental inflated seed pods. When they ripen and turn black, seeds rattle around in the pods, and were at one time used by children as rattles. Stems with the seed pods still attached are lovely additions to dried flower arrangements. The name Blue False Indigo comes from its use by early American colonists as a substitute for indigo in making dyes. They are best used in cottage gardens, meadows and native plant gardens. They are also striking as a naturalized specimen, or group. Overall this is a unique, useful, low maintenance addition to any garden.


 

Additional information

Bloom Time

May to June

Bloom Color

Blue

Container Size

Quart

Height

3 to 4'

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Soil Moisture

Dry to Medium

Soil Type

Average, well-drained; Tolerates wide range including dry rocky or sandy soils.

Other Names

Baptisia australis, Blue Wild Indigo, Rattlepod, Rattlebush, Plains Wild Indigo

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

Please Note: If you live between the two facilities, you can change the Ship From location on the Cart page to see which will give you better shipping rates.

Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.