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This is beautiful! Supposed to be good in zones 4-8.  A little late to pin it but may keep in mind for later.

The One Native Perennial Everyone Should Plant

Looking for a fuss-free perennial that’s attractive, dependable, deer-resistant, multiseasonal and extremely long-lived? Meet baptisia—a prairie native whose beautiful spires are reminiscent of the beloved lupine, minus the maintenance.

Baptisia  Also called false indigo for its blue springtime flowers, baptisia is a native prairie plant with deep roots that push through the toughest clay soil. Other selections extend baptisia's color range to white, yellow, and purple.  Name: Baptisia selections  Zones: 3-9

24 of the Best Perennials That Will Thrive in Clay Soil

Clay soil can make gardening tough. It doesn't let water drain easily, and it bakes solid when dry. It doesn't, however, mean you can't grow gorgeous plants anyway. These tough perennials all will grow well in heavy clay.

‘Screaming Yellow’ Baptisia sphaerocarpa with 'Walker’s Blue’ catmint (Nepeta) and ‘Caradonna’ salvia.

Better Together: Baptisias

Until this year, baptisias (Baptisia), also known as false indigos, wouldn’t have made it onto my list of favorite perennials. They bloom only in late spring, and once they’re done, that’s pretty much it: the foliage isn’t all that exciting during the rest of the year. They’re bulky, too, hogging several square feet of prime garden space through the rest of the growing season. After enjoying every minute of their bloom season this past month, though, I have to say that I now wouldn’t be…

Siberian iris with baptisia -

Echo colors!

High 34 F Low 20 F Just a very quick post concerning echo color combinations. In reviewing some pictures from past year, I came across these great shots. The one above is siberian iris with baptisia. This combination was in...

Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate' PPAF (Dutch Chocolate Perennial Redneck Lupine)

Baptisia Dutch Chocolate PP 23872

This compact 2011 Hans Hansen introduction (a Baptisia minor hybrid) forms a 30" tall x 2' wide clump topped in late April (NC) with spikes of black-purple buds that mature to brown...the darkest flower of any baptisia so far. Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate' is an amazing color breakthrough in this wonderful group of US native, deer-resistant, drought-tolerant perennials.

Baptisia Lunar Eclipse - white with lavender flowers on the same stem  - growth habits are listed on this post - via Bluestone Perennials

Baptisia Lunar Eclipse -- Bluestone Perennials

Baptisia Lunar Eclipse - Common name:False Indigo, Wild Indigo - Phenomenal color change creates dramatic multi-toned shades of oversized flowers on each stem. Blooms emerge light lemon-over-cream then transition to cream, pale lilac and shades of purple/blue.From the Prairieblue™ Series, False Indigo provides an arresting presence in the garden. Blue-green foliage is topped with spires of lupine-like flowers in late spring. Baptisia is exceptionally long-lived so choose a good shrub-sized…

Baptista, Decadence Cherries Jubilee.  Deep maroon buds open to bicolor maroon and yellow flowers held on strong scapes above the blue-green foliage in late spring to early summer, followed by decorative seed pods in fall. 30"-36"

Decadence® 'Cherries Jubilee' - False Indigo - Baptisia hybrid

Unique maroon and yellow flowers age to gold. Secondary branching make it especially floriferous.

Baptisia, Twilight Prarieblues PP19011, , large- would look wonderful where the burning bushes were

Baptisia, Twilight Prarieblues PP19011 - Perennial Plants at

May through mid-June, this beauteous baptisia, bred at the Chicago Botanic Garden, is blanketed with hundreds of bicolor blooms. Eye-catching, sense-drenching purple-violet flowers with lemon-yellow center keels are complemented by attractive blue-green foliage. Vigorous, bushy 4-5 ft. tall plants serve well in a border, or as an edging. Plants thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. U.S. Plant Patent #19,011.

Baptisia Purple Smoke False Indigo- Butterfly host plant

Baptisia Purple Smoke -- Bluestone Perennials

Dusky purple lupine-like flowers over grey green unique clover-like foliage on charcoal stems. Heavily blooming, the flowers of Baptisia Purple Smoke first open at the base and ascend upwards to pleasing effect. Thrives in lean soils.

Baptisias with their pea-like foliage.

More Southern Living Photos: Our Blue Garden

Greetings ~ For those who celebrated Easter (I know I'm a bit late here), I hope your day was filled with family, food and flowers. We usually join Tom's family for Easter brunch, and it is always a special gathering with pretty spring blooms and delicious food. However, this past Easter we moved furniture up to our place in Maine. Thanks to Tom's careful packing and planning, the move was pretty successful...except for one hiccup: our rental moving truck broke down en route. We ended up…

Baptisia 'Midnight' (False indigo)  Features an elegant, vase-shaped habit and a profusion of deep violet-blue flowers on 24-inch-long racemes. Secondary stems extend the bloom season to 3-4 weeks! Fine textured foliage remains an attractive green all season. Vase-shaped habit primary stems are strongly erect; flowers are held well above the foliage.

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Baptisia Australia - How to grow this Perennial with Purple flowers

Baptisia australis- or wild indigo, are rugged & easy to grow. Their blooms are real attention getters and they have season long interest from foliage too.

NATIVE. Baptisia alba - White Wild Indigo. Full sun to part-shade. Drought Tolerant. Attracts Butterflies. Height: 2 to 4 feet, Spread: 2 to 2.5 feet

Baptisia alba

Baptisia sphae rocarpa x alba ‘Carolina Moonlight’ | From Bluestone Perennials

Baptisia Carolina Moonlight -- Bluestone Perennials

Crisp butter yellow flowers spire above blue toned clover-like foliage. Baptisia Carolina Moonlight makes a dazzling garden presence. It is adaptable, easy growing and makes a good companion for other rugged plants such as ornamental grasses.

'Susanna Mitchell' marguerite (Anthemis) and 'Screaming Yellow' baptisia (Baptisia sphaerocarpa)


Over the past week, spring has arrived here in southeastern Pennsylvania. In just a few days, we went from yucky old snow and saturated soil to 70s and perfect digging conditions. It’s tempting to …