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Common Names: False Blue Indigo

Scientific Name: Baptisia Australis


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 3-4 ft., with a similar spread.
  • Foliage: The leaves are palmately compound, with a blue-green color.
  • Bloom Color: Showy spikes of pea-like flowers, often blue, purple, or yellow, depending on the species and variety.
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer.


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: Low to Moderate
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Well-Drained


Ecological Benefits

False Blue Indigo (Baptisia spp.) encompasses several species within the Baptisia genus, each of which contributes to the ecological balance of Maryland's landscapes. These native perennials are known for their vibrant pea-like flowers, which attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting local biodiversity. Their adaptability to various light conditions, from full sun to partial shade, makes them versatile for gardens and natural areas.


Additionally, False Blue Indigo species often have deep taproots that enhance soil structure and may host nitrogen-fixing bacteria, enriching the soil. By providing essential habitat and nectar resources, False Blue Indigo plays a role in supporting the health and balance of local ecosystems in Maryland

False Blue Indigo

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