Baptisia australis

Blue False Indigo

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Baptisia australis features purple, lupine-like flowers in erect racemes (to 12") atop flower spikes extending well above a foliage mound of clover-like, trifoliate, bluish-green leaves (leaflets to 2" long).

More About Baptisia australis

  • Erect stalks of indigo-blue, lupine-like flowers
  • Clover-like blue-green leaves displayed after bloom.
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Attracts butterflies

Blooms in spring. Flowers give way to inflated seed pods (to 2.5" long) which turn charcoal black when ripe and have considerable ornamental interest. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once popularly used by children as rattles. Grows natively in rich woods, thickets and along streambanks from Pennsylvania south to North Carolina and Tennessee.

Blue False Indigo Growing and Maintenance Tips

Cut back to 6 inches in the fall and remove the dead foliage in spring. May need staking to maintain it's form. Deadhead after blooming. Does not like to be transplanted. Fertilize with Plant-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer.

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3-4 Feet


3-4 Feet

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 10

Baptisia australis Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Dried Flower
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • Purple
  • Blue


  • Clumping
  • Mounding