'Annabelle' Hydrangea

'Annabelle' Hydrangea

Monday, March 15, 2010

Baptisia Blooms

Baptisia Blooms in June.

The Perennial Plant Association crowned Baptisia australis the Perennial Plant of 2010 for many reasons.

Baptisia, or False Indigo, is a low-maintenance North American native wildflower that has few, if any, pest and disease problems. Even deer avoid this plant! It it highly adaptable and grows in zones 3-9.

Baptisia blooms for several weeks, from mid to late spring. Its violet-blue blossoms look like tiny sweet peas. Deadheading the spent flowers encourages more blooms. In fall, large, dark, rattling seed pods appear. The soft blue-gray-green foliage stays attractive all summer long.

Baptisia grows 3-4-feet tall and wide. It looks right at home in the back of the sunny border. It prefers well-drained soil. Long-lived baptisia does not like to be disturbed once established, so transplanting or dividing this perennial is difficult.

False Indigo can be found in shades of purple, cream and yellow.

This plant has rich roots. Early Americans used Baptisia to produce dye. And, it is a legume.

You just can't go wrong with a Baptisia blooming in your garden!