3 years to reach maturity
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False Indigo Overview
Baptisia australis is an erect, herbaceous perennial species with a gently spreading habit. In early summer it produces lupin-like, blue-violet flowers, that can be flecked with cream or white. These are followed by inflated, dark grey pods. Its grey-green stems bear mid to dark green leaves that consist of 3 lance-shaped leaflets. Commonly known by the names False Indigo, False Lupine and Blue Wild Indigo - amongst others - Baptisia australis is fully hardy and has earned an 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'. It likes a position in full sun, and sandy, well-draining, neutral to acid soil. Drought resistant (once roots are well-established) and low maintenance, it is an ideal plant for wildlife and prairie gardens as well as for dry banks, slopes and borders.
Common problems with False Indigo
Generally pest and disease free.
How to propagate False Indigo
Sow seed when ripe.
Vigorous clumps can be carefully divided in spring although it is best left undisturbed.