Blue False Indigo Seeds
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 40 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring through summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
House Plant: No
Latin Name: Baptisia Australis
Average Germ Time: Put in fridge for 4 - 6 weeks. Pour hot water over seeds, let soak 1-3 days until swelling noticeable. Then plant 68F for germination in 21 - 28 days.
Light Required: Do not leave in direct sunlight
Depth: Surface sow and lightly cover no more than 1/8th inch
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches
The False Indigo flower shape and nectar content make them attractive to bumble bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
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How to grow
How To Grow False Indigo From Seed: Baptisia australis seeds have a hard outer coat so a cold/moist treatment before starting the flower seeds indoors is needed. Or, directly sow the False Indigo seeds directly outdoors in the fall, and all the harsh temps of winter to soften the seed coat naturally.
False Indigo care includes following a regular watering schedule the first growing to encourage a good root system. After establishement, these are quite drought tolerant plants. Also, trim the plants back in the fall as they turn black with the first freeze.
- Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
- Keep moist until germination
- Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- Depth: Surface sow and lightly cover no more than 1/8 inch
Blue False Indigo has an upright growth, pea-like blue flowers followed by dark, shiny pea pods and attractive foliage. Also called Wild Indigo or Blue False Indigo, this interesting native prefers at least 6 hours of sun each day.
- Height: 40 inches
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Season: Perennial
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Drought Tolerant: Yes