Baptisia australis

One of my favourite perennials for almost any colour border. It flowers all summer and then, with flowers picked or dead-headed, it gives you excellent silvery foliage through the autumn. More
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One of my favourite perennials for almost any colour border, with rich, deep indigo-blue, pea-like flowers. It flowers all summer and then, with flowers picked or deadheaded, it gives you excellent silvery foliage through the autumn and well into November. This picks well too.

Genus Baptisia
Group/Species australis
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Blue false indigo
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Acid, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 50cm (20in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow August - September. Soak seeds overnight in hot water. Sow onto gritty soil-free compost, and cover with a little grit. Place in a cold frame over the winter and plant out the following spring in neutral to acidic, well-drained soil.
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 - July
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months
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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Baptisia australis reviews

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Reviewed 27th August 2019 by Gemma

I used 6 seeds (over half the packet I brought) and like all the other purchased seeds I bought at the same time (see other reviews), the Baptisia seeds were sown in individual cells in the same seed tray. I was really disappointed that not one seed germinated. I haven't tried the remaining seeds I have left as I have used up over 50% of the packet without any success to date. Its a shame as all my other seeds purchased from Sarah Raven that were planted at the same time have been successful. Not sure if there are any guarantees with purchases?

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Mr & Mrs Conie

You had to send me a replacement plant as the original one was so badly packed thaT the plant was badly damaged.
The replacement one hasn't survived

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jane

Service was good. But not one seed grew

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

I have planted these in large pots. They aren’t very tall yet but the flowers are just coming out, so I am expecting a brilliant show soon.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Fiona

Arrived as a healthy but small plant. Unfortunately it got caught out on a very hot day and burnt and withered. So, I cut it right down, nursed it and it seems to have rallied. It has leaves but I don’t expect it to flower this year.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Anita

Gorgeous colour, perfect backdrop

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Andrea

these are still tiny and no sign of a flower - assume better next year

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Rosie

Tiny plug plants. One has died, the others are still tiny and won’t flower this year. Very poor value for money.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Bernice

Had a slow start but this was due to slug attack rather than any inherent problem with the plant. Recovering well now but not flowered yet so can’t comment on colour.