Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zones 1-24, 28-43
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal


False Indigo, Wild Indigo
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Perennials, Flowers

Native to eastern and southern U.S. Tolerate poor, sandy soils and take some drought. Blue-green leaves have three leaflets. Small, sweet pea–shaped blooms in early summer on tall, tapering spikes. Inflated seedpods that follow are attractive in dried arrangements. Clumps gradually increase, but don’t need division; also resent transplanting once established.

Baptisia alba

Upright and bushy, to 3 ft. tall and wide, with white or creamy white flowers on attractive, smoky gray stems.

Baptisia australis (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Baptisia australis (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

Click to Enlarge

Baptisia australis

A slightly spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide, with deep blue flowers.


You Might Also Like...

Brimeura amethystina

European native for rock gardens or naturalizing. In bulb and leaf, resembles small hyacinth, but 10-i...

Nepeta cataria

From the Mediterranean and western Asia. Grows to 2–3 ft. high and wide, with downy, heart-shape...

Geranium cinereum

From the Pyrenees. Forms wide, 8–12-in.-tall mats composed of 1–1 1/2-in., soft gray-green...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More