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

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Zones 1-24, 28-43
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Baptisia australis

Blue False 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 australis

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


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