Baptisia australis v. minor Blue Rocket
Blue Rocket False Indigo
Details15-18" tall x 18" wide. This stunning selection of the prairie native, lesser false indigo, was originally collected from the Sand Hills of Western Nebraska where its tall deep blue spikes caught the attention of its discoverers, Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden. It is now thought to be a hybrid between B. australis v. minor and A. alba. Grown from seeds, collected off the original 'Blue Rocket' plant, the seedlings will be variable in size and flower color, ranging from white to deep blue. In your landscape, it will be a long lived perennial that attracts bumblebees to its nectar-rich flowers. Plant with Dalea, Ratibida. Seed propagated.
|Common Name||Blue Rocket False Indigo|
|Botanical Name||Baptisia australis v. minor Blue Rocket|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Blue, White|
|Mature Height||15-18" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Plants for Small Spaces|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips On Growing Baptisia (False Indigo)
Baptisia (False Indigo) are native prairie plants known for their showy flowers and ornamental seed pods.
Preferred Growing Gonditions:
- Plant in most any soil including clay, but avoid wet, low areas.
- Baptisia needs full sun.
- No mulch is needed for these perennials.
- Water regularly the first growing season then much less often during second growing season and beyond.
- Plants in this genus are legumes and need no additional fertilizer.
- Seed heads are ornamental, so deadheading is optional; the plant won't re-bloom. Cut back to the ground in early to mid-spring.
- Plants have large tap roots and should not be divided or transplanted once established.
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- 2 of the 3 didn't make it through the summer.
Comments about High Country Gardens Baptisia australis v. minor Blue Rocket:
HCG reimbursed for one, haven't requested yet for second one. I really wanted these plants but HCG ran out .
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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