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Blue Wild Indigo

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Extraordinary indigo blue spikes of pea-flowers rise above medium green foliage from late spring to early summer; creates an outstanding display as an accent in garden beds or patio containers; drought tolerant once established

Characteristics

Species:
australis
Other Species Names:
False Indigo
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet (4 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Baptisia
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
indigo
Flower Form:
pea
Flower Period:
from mid spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
olive
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Blue Wild Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of indigo pea-like flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its round compound leaves remain olive green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Wild Indigo is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Blue Wild Indigo will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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