BAPTISIA australis (Blue Wild Indigo)
BAPTISIA australis (Blue Wild Indigo) is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It is a member of the legume family and can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. The plant has a deep root system, making it tolerant to drought and heat.
The plant produces beautiful, blue-purple, pea-shaped flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. The flowers are arranged in long spikes that rise above the foliage. The plant is also known for its attractive gray-green foliage, which is composed of three-lobed, clover-like leaves.
In addition to its aesthetic value, B. australis has several practical uses. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including fever, inflammation, and respiratory infections. It is also known to be a host plant for several species of butterflies, providing food and habitat for these important pollinators.
Overall, B. australis is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited to a variety of garden settings, from formal borders to naturalistic prairie gardens.
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Scientific Name: Baptisia Australis
Common Name: Blue Wild Indigo, Blue False Indigo
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Central and Eastern North America
Full Growth Height: 3-4 ft
Width in Across: 3-4 ft
Zone: 3 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Late Spring, Early Summer
Flower: Showy with Pea-like shape
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color: Blue-Purple, Indigo
Tolerate: Rabbit, Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Water Requirement: Low to Medium
Soil Type: Sand, Loam
Gardening Use: Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders in Prairies and Meadows