Monday, May 25, 2009
Baptisia australis – false indigo
My neighbor gave me seeds last fall from her blue false indigo plant. I planted them today in a pot. Such a beautiful clear blue flower! I hope my seeds sprout.
Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is native to the eastern US and was an important medicinal plant to Native Americans. The seeds require some sort of abrasion to be applied to their seed coat in order to germinate. The plants are legumes, members of the bean family, and are able to fix nitrogen. Planted in full sun in even the toughest of soils, plants will grow to 2.5’-3.5’ tall.
wildflowers, weeds, invasives and natives