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Baptisia - False Indigo

Tough and durable, Baptisia (False Indigo) is an upright perennial with a long season of interest. In spring, this native to the North American prairies bears spikes of pea-shaped flowers, resembling Lupines. They last for weeks and attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. When the flowers fade away, the lovely blue-green, trifoliate leaves, which form a beautiful vase-shaped shrub, remain neat and form a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden. If left untrimmed, the plant forms interesting seedpods turning deep black in the fall and persisting into winter.


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Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous, Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, golden-yellow and cinnamon flowers. Opening from vivid chocolate buds, the blossoms glow in the late spring to early summer landscape. In peak bloom, ‘Cherries Jubilee’ has an impressive 280 inflorescences over its medium-sized habit, creating a truly spectacular display.

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Baptisia 'Dark Chocolate' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous, Baptisia 'Dark Chocolate' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing long spikes of pea-shaped, nearly black, charcoal purple flowers in late spring to early summer. When the flowers fade away, the blue-green foliage, which forms a bushy, spreading mound, remains neat all season and creates a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden.

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Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous and compact, Baptisia 'Dutch Chocolate' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, velvety rich chocolate-purple flowers in late spring to early summer. When the flowers fade away, the blue-green foliage, which forms a bushy mound, remains neat all season and creates a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden.

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Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' (False Indigo)

Very compact, Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, deep reddish-purple flowers in late spring to early summer. Reminiscent of grapes, each flower is accented by a buff yellow keel. When the flowers fade away, the fresh green foliage, which forms a bushy, spreading mound, remains neat all season

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Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous, Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, bright sunshine-yellow flowers in late spring to early summer. Lasting for three weeks, the floral display is quite impressive with the dark gray stems contrasting and accentuating the golden blossoms.

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Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse' (False Indigo)

Noted for its unique flowers, Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse' is an upright perennial bearing a profusion of oversized flowers held well above the foliage. Emerging pale lemon over cream, the blossoms gradually turn cream, then pale lilac and ultimately purple-blue, producing a unique multicolor effect.

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Baptisia 'Midnight' (False Indigo)

Noted for its long blooming season, Baptisia 'Midnight' is an upright perennial bearing a profusion of extremely long inflorescences, 24 in. (60 cm), bearing deep blue-violet flowers. Unlike most False Indigos, this plant enjoys two bloom cycles within its blooming season.

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Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' (False Indigo)

Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, soft yellow flowers that age to pink and mauve-lavender in late spring to early summer. The unique, bicolor flowers contrast nicely with the charcoal stems. The blue-green foliage forms a lush, bushy, vase-shaped clump that remains neat all season and creates a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden.

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Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' (False Indigo)

Quite compact, Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, soft pink flowers with a tinge of violet and pale yellow keels. Blooming for 2-3 weeks in late spring to early summer, they provide an amazing floral display. The fresh green foliage forms a lush, bushy, vase-shaped clump that remains neat all season and creates a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden.

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Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (False Indigo)

One of the oldest hybrid cultivars of false indigo, Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing long spikes of pea-shaped, smoky violet flowers with a purple eye. A mature plant of 3-4 years can bear over 50 blooming stalks! Blooming in mid to late spring, the richly-colored blossoms contrast nicely with the near-black stems.

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Baptisia 'Solar Flare' (False Indigo)

Interestingly, the blooms gradually take an orange to violet cast as they mature, producing a unique bicolored inflorescence.

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Baptisia 'Sparkling Sapphires' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous, Baptisia 'Sparkling Sapphires' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, vibrant violet-blue flowers in late spring to early summer. When the flowers fade away, the blue-green foliage, which forms a bushy, spreading mound, remains neat all season and creates a lovely backdrop for the other perennials in the garden.

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Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream' (False Indigo)

Very floriferous, Baptisia 'Vanilla Cream' (False Indigo) is an upright, densely branched perennial bearing sturdy spikes of pea-shaped, creamy vanilla flowers in late spring to early summer. Emerging in spring with a beautiful bronze cast, the foliage matures to grey-green and forms a lush, rounded clump that remains neat all season.

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Baptisia australis (False Indigo)

Tough and durable, Baptisia australis (False Indigo) is an upright perennial with a long season of interest. In spring, this native to the North American prairies bears spikes of pea-shaped indigo blue flowers, resembling Lupines.

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Baptisia australis var. minor (False Indigo)

Tough and durable, Baptisia australis var. minor (False Indigo) is a compact, upright perennial with a long season of interest. In spring, this native to the North American prairies bears spikes of pea-shaped indigo blue flowers, resembling Lupines.

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Baptisia x Bicolor 'Starlite' (False Indigo)

Opening from deep violet-lavender buds in late spring, the pea-shaped flowers unfurl into attractive periwinkle-blue blooms with contrasting creamy keels. Born on gracefully arching branches, they last for weeks and attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

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Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite' (False Indigo)

Unusually quick to mature for a Baptisia, three-year-old plants produce upward of 100 flowering racemes.

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