Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Native Plant Spotlight: Blue Wild Indigo

I was nothing short of thrilled when I learned that Blue Wild Indigo is a native plant. Yipee kicks all 'round.

Also Known As: Blue False Indigo, Indigo Weed, Rattleweed
Latin: Baptisia australis
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Description: Spikes of blue-violet, pea-like flowers with gray/green foliage. Legume pods for winter interest.
Growing Conditions: Part shade to full sun. Well-drained, evenly moist, slightly acidic soil.
Growth Habit: 3-4' H; 1-3' W - almost shrub-like with 6"-9" flower spikes.
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
Zones: 3 to 8
Range: From Nebraska to New Hampshire to northern Georgia and west to Texas

Local nurseries that sell Baptisia australis:
Hyla Brook Farm
Milmont Greenhouses

The above image is from Wikimedia.

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