Baptisia – False Indigo, Wild Indigo, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Baptisia – False
Indigo, Wild Indigo

The Baptisias
are strong growing plants with yellow, white and dark
blue flowers which somewhat resemble the Lupine, being
peashaped. The flowers grow on a spike about 6 inches
long. False Indigo (Baptisia australis) grows about
3 feet high, has dark blue flowers and dark bluish-green
leaves cut very deeply to form three oval leaflets.
Wild Indigo (B. tinctoria) has short leaves and bright
yellow flowers. It grows from 2, feet to 4 feet high.
These plants bloom from May through July.

These are very striking plants for the border because
of the excellent spikes of blue or yellow color. They
are also good in the wild garden.

Baptisias should be planted in full sunlight, otherwise
they prove to be shy in blooming. They will stand dry,
sandy soils.

They are usually propagated from seeds and division
of the plants which are very woody at the crown. The
seeds should be sown as soon as they are gathered and
wintered over in the coldframe, where they will germinate
the following Spring.


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