Baptisia australis

False Indigo

Photo courtesy of Walters Garden, Inc.

  • Upright spikes of indigo-blue, pea like flowers in bright green foliage blooms during summer
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Cut Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Dried Flower/ Foliage
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Sun

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

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. 

Height: 40-48 in
Spacing: 36-48 in
Price Level 1: $13.99 ea./4 for $50~#1
Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender
Zone: 3-9
Price Level 2: $29.99 ea.~#2

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Border or Bed
  • Focal Point
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Dried Flower/ Foliage

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water