False Indigo, Wild Indigo
Baptisia 'Solar Flare'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Baptisia (bap-TIS-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Solar Flare
Additional cultivar information:(PP20408, Prairieblues Series)
Hybridized by Ault
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Suffield, Connecticut

Waukegan, Illinois

Eagle, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Moberly, Missouri

Bayboro, North Carolina

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Oct 18, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating MYSELF as negative since I planted this plant in my zone 9a garden, which is too hot for it. Don't waste your money if you garden in z9 or warmer.

Positive

On Jun 19, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted one of these last year, but then I moved it a couple of times. Thought I had probably killed it, but it is growing and blooming this year. In my experience, baptisia takes a few years to really do much, and then it becomes very robust.

Neutral

On Jun 9, 2010, canipity from Parkesburg, PA wrote:

I have this and Starlite Prairieblues planted side by side. The solar flare did not have any blooms this year where the purple Starlite did. I also noticed the ones at my local nursey were also not producing flowers. .

Positive

On Oct 2, 2008, certified from Moberly, MO wrote:

Resistant to drought, pests, disease, heat, and cold, this native perennial is long-lived and very, very easy to grow.

Growing Zones: 4 - 8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Season: Late Spring to Early Summer

Blooms Turn Orange as They Mature