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.