Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Tall Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis)
    Legume Family
    Trifoliate, blue-green leaves born on sturdy stems add lots of texture when planted singly, or in groups. After flowering, conspicuous pea-like seed pods slowly inflate and turn a striking, dark, metallic gray. Baptisias take 3-4 years to really make their mark in the garden, so be patient! This is a hardy, drought tolerant plant that requires little to no maintenance once established.

    Blooms:Purple, 3-4 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Blue-green, trifoliate leaves are very attractive
    Height: 3-4’ 
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Average-Moist-Dry, very drought tolerant
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Queen bumblebees, other bees
    Seeds:  Large, metallic gray, inflated pods contain many shiny yellow seeds

    Deer Resistance: Average
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, rare in the Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown