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Baptisia australis

Common name: Blue Wild Indigo

Native plant

This Indigo has a neat, bushy growth habit and abundant racemes of indigo blue to purple very showy flowers.  Flowers are replaced with oblong seed pods characteristic of plants in this genus.  It is nitrogen fixing, drought tolerant and prefers slightly acidic soils.  


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Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
6 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Nitrogen fixer

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