Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
Rising 2-4 ft. high from a woody base, blue wild indigo is a bushy, robust perennial. Flowers are blue-purple and pea-like, congested in dense, upright, terminal spikes, 4-16 in. long. Plant juice turns purple on exposure and is a fair substitute for true indigo in making blue dye.
Shade Tolerance: Full Sun
Soils: Sand, Loam, Clay
Height: 3-5' tall
Bloom Time: April - July
Color: blue / purple
Deer Resistant: Yes
Uses: Bees, wildlife, cut flowers
Warning: Other plants in this genus are poisonous if ingested.
USDA Plant Profile