Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

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Binomial

Baptisia australis
Attractive and different because of its smooth grayish-white stems and rounded leaflets. Blue flowers tower above the foliage. Looks good by itself as a specimen or in the background behind other species.

Blue wild indigo is a long-lived perennial; there is a 30-year-old plant growing in a sunny lawn in central Missouri that gets about 4 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter with many flowers each year.

Uses: butterflies, bees, drought resistant
Bloom time: May & June

Height: 2.5 to 4 feet
Space: 3 to 4 feet

Sun: Full sun
Moisture: Dry to average

Seed is fairly easy to germinate. Scarify it with sandpaper before sowing, and
it should germinate within a week or two. You can also soak the seed in
warm water overnight to start the process. Otherwise, sow it outdoors between
November and January for good results.
  • 200 seeds per packet
  • 1,530 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 100 square feet

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