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
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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 x hybrida
Variety Indigo Spires
Type Perennial
Common Name False Indigo
Border Position Border (Middle)
Soil Type Acid - Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 90cm (36in)
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 Deahead to prolong flowering but leave some at the end of summer to develop seed heads for winter decoration. Drought-resistant once established. Prefers not to be disturbed but large clumps may be divided in spring.
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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