Blue False Indigo Seed

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Blue False Indigo Seed

A tall ornamental perennial with clover-like leaves and beautiful indigo flowers. Heat and drought tolerant.

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(Baptisia australis)

A smooth-leaved, ornamental perennial with upright growth habit and clover-like leaflets. Tolerates heat and drought. Plants may take two years to flower, but the flowers are worth the wait. The deep indigo blue flowers are borne in upright showy racemes. Members of this genus have been used traditionally as immune stimulants and are currently under investigation. Caution: B. australis is sometimes confused with B. tinctoria (Wild Indigo) which is known medicinally, but rare in cultivation. Baptisia species have a narrow dosage tolerance. All are potentially toxic causing severe diarrhea, anorexia, and vomiting. Recommended for ornamental use only.


Flowers:Large, bright blue pea-like flowers.
Foliage:Clover-shaped leavs
Fruit:Dry brown capsule resembling a bean pod
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:3 to 8
Soil:Tolerates a wide range of soils.
Propagation / Germination:Germination greatly improved by scarification (cultural directions included). Germination variable, most in 7 to 21 days. Puncture seed lightly with a thumb tack for quick germination.
Sun:Full sun or light shade
Water:Fairly drought tolerant
Pests and Diseases:None noted

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Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.

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