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False Indigo

Spires of butterfly-attracting flowers are followed by large black seedpods, showy in the garden or cut. Attractive foliage. Beautiful with peony, cranesbill and ornamental grass. May need staking in shaded sites. Drought tolerant and long-lived.

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Plant Details

  • Common name

    False Indigo

  • Botanical name

    Baptisia australis

  • Variety

    Purple Smoke

  • Zone

    USDA Zone 3 (-40°F) to USDA Zone 9 (20°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    48" (122 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    In spring

  • Water

    2-3 times per week

  • Bloom Color


  • Bloom Time


  • Maintenance

    Mulch to reduce weeds

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Olivia O.'s collection