Baptisia australis Perennial Plant of the Year

Every year the Perennial Plant Association and its members select a plant that they feel is worthy of the title Perennial Plant of the Year.  Please have a look at their website and if you have a passion for perennials and aren’t a member please join.  It is membership in associations that helps keep this information flowing and new research continuing.  Here is this years winner……

Baptisia australis also known as False Indigo

2010 Perennial Plant of the Year ™

Light: Plants thrive in full sun. Plants grown in partial shade may require staking.

Soil: This North American native is easily grown in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant after establishment.

Uses: This spring flowering shrub-like perennial may be used to fill the back of the border or in the wild garden.

Unique Qualities: The combination of flower and leaf color is dramatic in the early blooming season. Flowers are followed by inflated seed pods that are useful for dried flower arrangements.

Hardiness: USDA zones 3-9

This is a great plant that I have been growing for years.  There are many new cultivars in use.  This is a perennial that everyone should try in their garden.


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