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Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Blue sweet pea-like flowers on strong tall flower spikes.
Perennial of the Year 2010

A native North American wildflower, False Indigo is an excellent choice for sunny gardens all over the continent. Plants form a tall, bushy clump of grey-green foliage, with long spikes of pea-like flowers, in shades of violet-blue. A good substitute for Lupines, in areas where they are difficult to grow. Makes an excellent cut flower, also attractive to butterflies. Drought tolerant, once established. Plants may be increased by dividing in spring, every 4 to 5 years, or by moving any seedlings that may appear, while they are still small.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms late spring to early summer

Mature Height:

35-47 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 55-60° F to promote root growth and break dormancy. Provide high light levels and keep evenly moist with good air circulation. Once actively growing feed at 100-150 ppm N with each watering. Plants generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 45-60
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: High

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade but best in full sun.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.