Blue False Indigo

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If you've ever been lucky enough to drive through the prairies in the American Midwest at peak wildflower bloom, then you need no introduction to this beautiful native flower. Pea flower-like blooms in vibrant, true indigo blue, open in succession along tall flower spikes in early spring and almost always accompanied by butterflies!

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australi) is such a standout that people have brought it far and wide from its native fields and you can find it happily growing in town squares and neighborhood front yards all over the country. Snip a few stems for bouquets, but leave most of the tall flowering spikes in place for your many butterflies. After the flowers fade, the lovely soft blue-green leaves look great as greenery in floral arrangements too!

Blue False Indigo is a bushy perennial with vibrant blue-green, deeply divided three-lobed leaves. Growing 3-4 feet tall, these herbaceous perennials fill out an impressive area each year and die back to the ground each winter. Emerging anew each spring from the root system and shrugging of the most brutal winters throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9. Once the flowers have faded, intriguing seed pods take their place for winter interest!

Planting and Application:

A version of the hardy native American wildflower, Blue Wild Indigo, this has all the same resilient qualities! This prairie plant will quickly grow to fill bare spots in your perennial border each year, but the blue spikes of flowers are what make False Blue Indigo such a striking star amid other spring plantings and mixed perennial borders.

A fantastic addition to Beneficial Insect, Pollinator and Native plantings, these sizable perennials call a host of pollinators each spring. Cottage and Meadow gardens gain a tall and broad accent and that unusual blue hue brings sublime coloration to any landscape!

Anchor garden beds and soften corners throughout the growing season, plus the blue-green foliage lends a fantastic tall accent for later emerging perennials and flowering shrubs. Plant as a spring specimen or in small groupings for a backdrop or focal point planting!

Plant False Indigo around your defensible zone for a pretty firewise landscaping plant! Thriving in tough conditions and the hell-strip, Baptisia are hardy natives that shrug off poor soil, Xeric and drier conditions once they're established. In fact, their roots help fix nitrogen in the soil, making soil health better! Plant in out-of-the-way locations, along hot sunny foundations and in native plant gardens, without worry the deer will eat them up.

Great for Sensory and Children's Gardens, Blue False Indigo seeds roll freely in the pods and generations of kids have pulled them off and used them as toys since they sound like a rattle when they're shaken. You'll love the dried fall décor or winter interest and sound they provide the landscape!

  • Gorgeous Indigo Blue Pea-Like Long Floral Spikes
  • Tall & Bushy Form & Fine-Textured Blue-Green Foliage
  • Long-Lived & Hardy
  • Unique Native Wildflower
  • Beneficial Insects & Pollinators Adore It!
  • Lovely Cut Flowers & Fall Seed Pods
  • Great Native For Soil Improvement, Native Restorations & Firewise Landscapes
  • Specimens, Backdrops, Accents & Tricky Sites

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Grow this herbaceous perennial in both full sun and partial shade, these vibrant plants are hardy in USDA growing zones 3 through 9. Very cold tolerant, these shine throughout the hottest summers, where they appreciate afternoon shade for protection from the summer sun.

Tolerating a wide range of soil types, these natives are hardy and adaptable to any conditions except wet, soggy soil. Provide Baptisia with well-drained soil with moderate moisture for best results. While very drought tolerant once established, be sure to provide supplemental water during the crucial establishment period and during times of extreme need.

Blue False Indigo is a truly hardy native that will come back strong for you each year, getting bigger and more beautiful as time passes. It is long-lived, providing years of enjoyment for your landscape with its impressive spikes of vivid, blue flowers and attractive seeds.

Low-maintenance, you only need a few minutes deadheading after the flowers fade, then a few more in the late fall or winter to prune the entire plant back to the ground. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over the crown to protect it from snow and chill.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Moderate Moisture - Adaptable Once Established
  • Must Have Well-Drained Soil
  • Deadhead After Bloom, Prune After Hard Frost & Divide Every 3-5 Years
  • Low Maintenance & Care Free
  • Native Plantings, Perennial & Cottage Gardens
  • Deer, Heat, Drought-Tolerant & Chill-Resistant Perennial

Vibrant indigo! For a fresh injection of gorgeous true indigo blue and soothing blue-green foliage on a hardy native plant, you'll not go wrong ordering the Blue False Indigo for your garden! Order some of these native beauties today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Blue False Indigo Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Baptisia australis
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No