Baptisia australis (False Indigo)
Pea like flowers of deep indigo blue appear above mounds of decorative mid green compound foliage in late Spring and early Summer. An easy plant for any well drained and sunny situation, once established the plants are tough and drought resistant giving some great low maintenance interest to the back of borders or a sunny bank. A great plant that has recieved the RHS Award of Garden Merit for outstanding garden performance.
The tall clumps of stems and seed pods give interest even in winter when the frost stays on them so do try and resist cutting them down until Spring!
Any well drained and sunny site.
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How to grow Baptisia
Position: Full sun.
Foliage: Semi evergeen Herbaceous perennial, foliage dies down in late Autumn, fresh new foliage emerges in Spring.
Soil and site: Well drained
Flowering time: April-June
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: 150cm x 120cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established add plenty of organic matter to the soil when planting. Cut down to ground level in early Spring.