Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) in the Baptisias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 36 to 48 inches
Plant Spread: 36 to 48 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Scarify seeds
Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner. 2010 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year

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Location: Terrace, rear, shade (until the tree came down - now sunny)Date: 2012-0904Love the seedpods and how they rattle in the breeze!
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2014-05-31Baptisia Australis leaves
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. Date: 2006-05-31 7:50 pm. Long, tall blue spires, which in turn bear black seed p
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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 8:59 PM

Baptisia australis is a larval host plant for the Wild Indigo Duskywing Skipper Butterfly, and Henry's Elfin Butterfly.

This plant has special value to native bees and bumblebees, and reportedly attracts a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, including hoverflies, parasitic mini-wasps, ladybugs, and pirate, damsel, and big-eyed bugs. These beneficial insects consume a variety of common garden pests including: aphids, armyworms, codling moths, European corn borer, flies, gypsy moths, cabbageworms, mealybugs, soft scales, spider mites, leaf hopper nymph, thrips, insect eggs, tarnished plant bugs, and treehoppers.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 22, 2014 10:28 AM

This plant has a very deep taproot. It does not transplant well once established.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Feb 9, 2014 4:57 PM

Once established, it is a long-lived perennial, but it is hard to propagate or transplant.
The plant in my garden has been there 12+ years . I have tried several times to germinate the seeds with very little success. I also have lost many seedlings dug from another's garden.

The seed pods, which were used by native Americans as baby rattles, turn black and have a very pleasant rattle when dried. Sometimes called rattlepod or rattlebush. Also called false blue indigo because the flowers were used to produce a blue dye.

Blooms early here and is much loved by the bees.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Jun 11, 2014 11:17 AM

Planted this 3 years ago (2011). This is the first time it's ever bloomed and I'm not disappointed. Beautiful!

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Posted by Zazinnia (SC - Zone 8a) on May 27, 2016 6:30 PM

Had to use an ax to try to get a small piece to share. For me, bloom is beautiful but brief. The foliage is nice throughout the summer.

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Plant Events from our members
gardengus On May 16, 2016 Bloomed
piksihk On November 7, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On April 28, 2015 Seeds germinated
piksihk On April 15, 2015 Seeds sown
wet towel & baggie
aspenhill On April 23, 2014 Obtained plant
North Creek Nursery - qty 32; TG, X-CC
Weedwhacker On February 2, 2015 Seeds sown
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christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
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lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
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