Baptisia australis var. minor (Lesser False Indigo) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they require some patience. It may take several months to see germination, and the plants may take several years to produce their first flowers. They tend to be worth the wait, however, and can live for many years without any special care.

There are a number of different ways you can approach germinating these seeds.

One route I have had good luck with in late winter to midsummer is nicking the seeds with nail clippers, pouring very hot water over them, letting them soak for a day or two, and then sowing in very warm conditions.

Another approach is to sow the seeds (about 1/4″ deep) in fall to mid winter. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right in spring.

Some references suggest inoculating baptisia seeds before sowing to enhance germination. I have not found that to be necessary, but I encourage you to do further research to learn about inoculation, and about other germination techniques, if you’re interested.

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Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis), also known as blue wild indigo, produces large, spiky clusters of blue flowers in late spring to early summer on open-bushy plants that typically reach 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. I collected these seeds from B. australis var. minor, a variety that has smaller leaves and shorter stems, with a tight, compact habit and an overall size of 24 to 30 inches tall and wide. Lesser false indigo has all of the good qualities of the straight species, including many benefits to a variety of pollinators, with the added advantage of tending to stay more compact even without a post-bloom shearing.

I do have the straight species growing in the same area, so I can’t guarantee all of the seedlings from these seeds will have the compact habit. But if you enjoy growing baptisias in general and exploring the fascinating range of traits this genus has to offer, these seeds could add some different genetics to your collection. U.S. native. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Harvested in August 2020. At least 15 seeds.

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