Baptisia 'Indigo Spires'

It can't be claimed that baptisias flower for ages, but like peonies, and their lookalike lupins, when they do, it's so glorious, you have to have at least one or two to admire. More
1 x 9cm plant 200678-1 £7.50 Delivery late September
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I absolutely love baptisias. It can’t be claimed they flower for ages, but like peonies, and their lookalike lupins, when they do, it’s so glorious, you have to have at least one or two to admire. And their foliage is such a good grey-green, it more than holds its own in a mixed border. This was a splendid, true indigo blue-black, we all loved in our trial last summer.

Genus Baptisia
Group/Species australis
Variety Indigo Spires
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name False Indigo
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 1m (3ft)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Baptisia grows best in full sun, though it tolerates light shade. If grown in too much shade, plants may require staking. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soil that is well-drained. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant because of its tough, deep taproot. This perennial native may take a couple of seasons to become established, but is very long-lived once mature. Avoid disturbing established clumps.
Care Tips Drought-resistant once established. Leave seed heads for winter display. Mulch in autumn for added protection over winter.
Flowering May - June
Vase Life Pick 24 hours before you want to use them, sear stem ends in boiling water for 15 seconds and store in deep water, cool and dark for 24 hours. I also pick baptisia elegant silvery foliage in late summer and autumn, and the black seedpods, and condition them in the same way.
Harvesting Flower production: May, June, foliage August-October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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