Thursday, May 31, 2007

False Indigo, Blue Wild Indigo



I don't know why False indigo, Blue Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis is not grown more frequently, it is a beautiful plant. It is one of those plants that even looks great when it is not in bloom, it is trouble free, lasts for years and years, it behaves itself, has lovely blue seed pods in the fall, what more could one ask for?? It is in full bloom right now in zone 4, Iowa.

We received almost 2 inches of rain last evening and last night. So no watering for a couple of days at least.

8 comments:

kris said...

I'm with you on the false indigo - I love this plant in my garden! Your photos are beautiful.

Christa said...

I've always been intrigued by these plants and their beautiful flowers. I thought they could only grow in cooler zones, but I recently saw some growing here in zone 7. So beautiful even when they are not in flower, as you said.

Sally said...

Really pretty photos Jenny.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Lovely pictures, and I'm with you on the baptisia. I have three in my garden, and this (their third year) is the first year they've really bloomed... but I have loved them anyway for the way the light shines through the leaves in such a wonderful way. The sun highlights the greens in the greenish-blue and makes it look like glowing jewels... gorgeous stuff.

Connie Peterson said...

Is False Indigo grown from seed or plant? Is it annual or not? It's lovely -- I think I need to get me some of those!!!

Thank you for your lovely pictures!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I got my plant from Bluestone Perennials about 15 years ago. I have never tried growing it from seed but I bet it could be grown from seeds as it is not a hybrid, it produces seeds every fall but I have never had any seedlings growing around the plant in the spring.

S said...

I started this plant from seed this spring and am trying to decide where to plant it in the garden. Any favorite plant combinations to try with it?
Steph

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Steph, I have mine planted against a fence that has Clematis growing on it, this Clematis blooms at the same time as the False Indigo. There are some daylilies by it along with a honeysuckle bush. It is such a neutral lovely plant I think it would go with any other plant, it blooms mid May, maybe look for something that blooms about the same time.