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Baptisia australis

Blue Wild Indigo is a beautiful native American wildflower for early summer bloom. Deep blue flowers. (Baptisia australis)

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 36-42" tall, 24-30" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Early summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Blue Baptisia australis, Baptisia australis, Blue False Indigo
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Common Name Blue False Indigo
Botanical Name Baptisia australis
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 36-42" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Early summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Cut Flowers, Native, Dried Flowers
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
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This is the best-known species of Baptisia--a treasured North American native wildflower that blooms in early summer, and has a confusing name. Wild Indigo, a closely related species, has yellow flowers, but the stems yield a pale blue dye, thus the name. This one actually has blue flowers, but none of the group has ever been very successful in coloring, the name notwithstanding.

Today, this beautiful wildflower, though quite common in many areas, is rare in others. It is threatened which means quite rare, in Maryland and Indiana, and actually officially listed as endangered in Ohio. But in Texas, for example, its one of the most persistent flowering wild plants, even through severe droughts and endless baking summers. Baptisias are great for xeriscaping, the practice of creating gardens that need very little watering. And they're great plants for the wildflower collector.

The other Wild Ones: Other native species of Baptisia have yellow, or even pinkish-purple blooms. In recent years, the hybridizers have been at work creating several beautiful new versions of this native favorite.

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from Mayhill, NM

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    • Flimsy
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Baptisia australis:

    the 3 plants were all wimpy and weak upon arrival in May. all were planted in the same general area at the same time. 2 have survived and are but 1.5" tall after the entire summer...not much growth.

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    • Personal

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    I would buy this product again and again


    from Plainfield, NJ

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    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth


      Best Uses

      • Border Control
      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Baptisia australis:

      A fellow gardner and good friend first introducted me to Baptisia Australis. She'd purchased her plants 3 years ago,and this years was their first time blooming. I fell in love with the plant this spring upon seeing that beautiful color. I therefore know that it will be a few seasons before my plants bloom, but they are well worth the wait. My plants arrived healthy and are doing excellently considering the extreme heat we've experienced this year. I was pleasantly surprised at how big the plant were on arrival and of course the cost was great.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      A great perennial


      from Bainbridge, PA

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

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      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors


        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Baptisia australis:

        After seeing this plant in a college garden, I looked high and low before finding it in your catalogue. I can't wait to see it in the next few years as it fills out its space as one of the mix of flowers in my English Roses and perennials garden. it weathered being still potted in our very hot and dry summer this year and I want to get it in the groud when the weather cools down a bit. Can't wait to see it flowering.

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        Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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        As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

        Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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