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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This unique plant features bright blue-purple flowers on tall green stalks followed by interesting black seedpods. It forms a deep taproot and does not transplant well, so be certain of its location before planting.

    Latin Name

    Baptisia australis


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    Rattleweed Blue Wild Indigo


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 4'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Drought
  • Rabbit
  • Clay Soil
  • Erosion
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    History

    False indigo was originally cultivated as a potential dye, but the color proved weaker than true indigo. It was noted in the early 18th century by Williamsburg naturalist John Clayton.


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