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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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

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.