PlantFiles: False Indigo, Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis var. minor
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel Scarify seed before sowing
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Jun 25, 2012, lissyrae from Old Hickory, TN wrote:
Love this plant - it's such a nice compact size, the folige is an interesting blueish grey/green, and it's tough as nails. Mine grows in clay with minimal to no watering, even in 100+ degree weather when it doesn't rain for 3 weeks at a time. I love that it requires no staking and is small and airy enough to fit almost anywhere. My oly complaint is that the gorgeous flowers don't last very long - 3 weeks at most.
On Apr 1, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
This is a great plant of very useful habit. I wish breeders would use this to produce new hybrids instead of the big ones hitting the market. A 5' wide perennial is something harder to use. This one is however perfect for a perennial in the everyday landscape. You cant go wrong and it is native plus interesting.
On Aug 27, 2009, beautifulchaos from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
I finally saw a similar variety of this the other day and was able to look this 'mystery' plant of mine up. I bought a toad lily about 4-5 years ago and a stem of this was in the pot.
It finally bloomed for the first time this season and I thought it was just gorgeous. I love the silvery gray foilage too. Considering that it was in a shade plant pot growing....I have had in on the East side of the house this whole time, not knowing that it was tolerable of full sun. Thanks for the information folks.
On May 12, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:
A strikingly beautiful plant. It takes a year or two to establish, but is practically indestructible after that. B australis var. minor makes, in many ways, a better garden plant than the typical B. australis. It is more wind resistant, more drought tolerant, and less likely to overwhelm its neighboring plants than B. australis, for example.
On Jun 20, 2007, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
Beautiful vase-shaped plant. The blue-green foliage is clean and attractive all season long. The flowers make good cut flowers. If grown in 100% full sun, it requires no staking; if planted too close to trees or any structure, it will lean away from it and require staking up. Long-lived and never requires division. Absolutely no maintenance!
On Jan 4, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
False Indigo, Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis var. minor is Native to Texas and other States.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Peel, Arkansas Menifee, California Peoria Heights, Illinois Rockford, Illinois Cedar Grove, Indiana Lafayette, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Derby, Kansas Dracut, Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts South Duxbury, Massachusetts Beatrice, Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska Norfolk, Nebraska Prosser, Nebraska Andover, New Hampshire Litchfield, New Hampshire Wallkill, New York Davidson, North Carolina Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Old Hickory, Tennessee Jolivue, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Walkerton, Virginia Wind Point, Wisconsin