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Enjoy baptisia's delicate blooms

Both classic and new varieties of this North American native make valuable additions to the home garden

Perfect partners
Pair baptisias with other perennials that bloom at the same time:

  • Entire-leaved clematis (Clematis integrifolia and its cvs.) Zone 3
  • Variegated Dalmatian iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’) Zone 4
  • ‘Krinkled White’ peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Krinkled White’) Zone 4

Varieties

All measurements are height x width.

‘Wayne’s World’ baptisia (Baptisia alba var. alba ‘Wayne’s World’)
Zone 4, 1 m x 90 cm   
Description: Blue-green foliage, white flowers followed by green seed pods    Comments: Heat and humidity tolerant; selected from a wild population in Wayne County, North Carolina

Blue false indigo (B. australis)
Zone 3, 1 m x 80 cm   
Description: Grey-green foliage, pale to deep violet-blue flowers followed by brown to black seed pods
Comments: The hardiest and most widely grown baptisia; adaptable to many soil types

‘Carolina Moonlight’ baptisia (B. ‘Carolina Moonlight’)
Zone 5, 1.2 m x 85 cm
Description: Blue-green foliage, pale primrose-yellow flowers followed by grey-green seed pods
Comments: Excellent as a cut flower; introduced by the North Carolina Botanical Garden

‘Purple Smoke’ baptisia (B. ‘Purple Smoke’)
Zone 5, 1.2 m x 80 cm
Description: Grey-green foliage, violet-blue to purple flowers on black stems are followed by brown to black seed pods
Comments: Another recent introduction from the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Starlite’ baptisia (B. x bicolor ‘Starlite’ Prairieblues Series)
Zone 4, 85 x 80 cm
Description: Bright green foliage, pale blue flowers with creamy yellow bases followed by green seed pods
Comments: A lovely bicolour, recently introduced by the Chicago Botanic Garden

‘Twilite’ baptisia (B. x variicolor ‘Twilite’ Prairieblues Series)
Zone 4, 1.2 x 1 m
Description: Blue-green foliage, violet purple flowers with yellow markings followed by charcoal grey to black seed pods
Comments: The first baptisia hybrid to be introduced by the Chicago Botanic Garden

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