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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative vossner 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 ms_greenjeans 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 canipity 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 certified 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


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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