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Baptisia australis


Baptisia australis

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
Upright perennial with a foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves. It has purple, lupine-like flowers on erect flower spikes in spring. Flowers give way to inflated seed pods which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once popularly used by children as rattles. Stems with seed pods are valued additions to dried flower arrangements. Occurs naturally in rich woods, thickets and along streambanks from Pennsylvania south to North Carolina and Tennessee. Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Over time, plants develop slowly expanding clumps with deep and extensive root systems, and should not be disturbed once established. The common name of false indigo refers to the use of certain native baptisias by early American colonists as a substitutes, albeit inferior, for true indigo (genus Indigofera) in making dyes.

 
Genus
Baptisia
Species   australis
Cultivar  

Common name
Blue false indigo

Family name
Fabaceae
Place of origin
United States


DETAILS
Height
100 cm
Width
60 cm
(expected growth in average NZ conditions in 5 to 10 years)
Leaves
Deciduous

Soil Type

Moisture

Exposure


Perennials

Category
Medium, height 0.6 to 1.2 metres.
Availability
All our current stock has been dispatched out to retailers. If they have none left for you, we are growing another crop to supply as soon as possible.
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