False Indigo (Baptisia australis) is a big perennial that's tough as nails, false indigo kicks off summer with spires of pure blue (cultivars come in a variety of other colors). Its rounded form makes a great contrast to the verticality of prairie grasses. False indigo develops deep taproots, so site it in a spot for the long term. It self-seeds modestly, and it's safe to move seedlings when small. Grows up to 4 feet high and wide in Zones 3 to 9.

10 Plants That Self-Seed for Prairie-Style Gardens

False Indigo (Baptisia australis) is a big perennial that's tough as nails, false indigo kicks off summer with spires of pure blue (cultivars come in a variety of other colors). Its rounded form makes a great contrast to the verticality of prairie grasses. False indigo develops deep taproots, so site it in a spot for the long term. It self-seeds modestly, and it's safe to move seedlings when small. Grows up to 4 feet high and wide in Zones 3 to 9.

Growing Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis): Baptisia australis blooms for several weeks in early to mid-summer.

Growing False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Growing Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis): Baptisia australis blooms for several weeks in early to mid-summer.

False Indigo (Baptisia). Drought tolerant prairie plant, deep taproot, blooms late spring, 2-4 ft tall, perennial, z3-8

False Indigo (Baptisia). Drought tolerant prairie plant, deep taproot, blooms late spring, 2-4 ft tall, perennial, z3-8

This smoky-purple Baptisia makes a strong statement in a perennial bed, hedge or as a speciman planting.

This smoky-purple Baptisia makes a strong statement in a perennial bed, hedge or as a speciman planting.

Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Growing False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Growing False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Some perennial plants require a lot of maintenance, but the flowers showcased here rarely, if ever, require dividing.You definitely need a few in your garden.

Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis

Growing Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis): Baptisia australis blooms for several weeks in early to mid-summer.

Growing False Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Growing Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis): Baptisia australis blooms for several weeks in early to mid-summer.

Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo) - full sun / part sun - 48" - blooms MJJ

Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo) - full sun / part sun - 48" - blooms MJJ

Baptisia Australis,False Indigo, Bastard Lupine, Blue False Indigo, False…

Baptisia Australis,False Indigo, Bastard Lupine, Blue False Indigo, False…

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