Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Glade
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Blue
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

36 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 36 to
48
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 36 to
48
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Borders, prairies, meadows and native plant gardens. Effective in naturalized settings. Best as a specimen or in small groups. Seed pods can be used in dried arrangements.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Easy to grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Takes a few years to become established but is very long-lived.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower
Basic Description

Clusters of indigo-blue, pea-like flowers in spikes followed by black pods. Foliage is blue-green and growth habit is shrub-like. A very long-lived perennial.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The brown-belted bumblebee is a common bee that is attracted to the pollen and nectar of a wide variety of plants.

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