Baptisia australis v. minor

Lesser False Indigo

18-24" tall x 18-24" wide. This Mid-Western prairie wildflower blooms in late spring with large, lupine-like spikes of blue flowers. Ornamental seed pods follow the flowers and can be harvested for dried arrangements. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones3 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height18-24" tall
Mature Spread18-24" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot
SKUHC014468

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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18-24" tall x 18-24" wide (seed propagated). Lesser False Indigo is a wonderfully compact version of the much larger Blue False Indigo. Not commonly available, it's distinguished from its taller cousin primarily by being a smaller plant with shorter stems and shorter leaves but larger flowers. The late spring flowers of this native gem are fabulously blue and are followed in late summer by attractive seed pods. This is a very long lived perennial with massive tap roots that resents being moved once established.
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SKUHC014468
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Lesser False Indigo
Botanical Name
Baptisia australis v. minor
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Advantages
Native
Ideal Region
West
Planting Time
Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

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.

Special Comments:

  • 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.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
Shipping

No longer available this season.

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