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Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)

Blue Wild Indigo is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 3 to 5 feet tall. The leaves have a a smooth margin and are alternate and divided into three leaflets. Showy, blue to violet racemes mature in late spring and continue into early summer. The herb produces a thick erect pod with a long curved beak.


Host plant for the Wild Indigo Duskywing butterfly. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Plant Type Herb/Wildflower
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance High
Regions Mountain, Piedmont
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moist
Bloom Times Spring
Seed Times Late Summer
Wildlife Value Butterfly/Insect Nectar, Butterfly Larvae Host
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