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Baptisia australis
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Plant Type: Perennials

A distinctive perennial with showy indigo-blue flowers carried on tapering spikes up to 1 ft. long. They are held just above the dense, bushy mounds of soft blue-green foliage. The blooms appear from mid to late spring, followed by 2-3 in. long, black seed pods which remain attractive well into winter. They can be dried for use in arrangements.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Baptisia grows best in full sun, though it tolerates light shade. If grown in too much shade, plants may require staking. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soil that is well-drained. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant because of its tough, deep taproot. This perennial native may take a couple of seasons to become established, but is very long-lived once mature. Avoid disturbing established clumps.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

3-4 ft.

Good Companions

Foxglove-Common (Digitalis purpurea), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Lupine (Lupinus ), Peony-Garden (Paeonia ), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Sundrop-Ozark (Oenothera missouriensis)

Plant Height

3-4 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower, Dried flower, Border, Specimen, Meadow

Bloom Time

Mid to late spring

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun to part shade

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Seasonal Interests