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Blue wild indigo, Baptisia australis fills the gap between spring and summer flowering plants as it's pea shaped blue flowers emerge early in summer. flowers in June

Wild Blue Indigo

C$19.00Price
  • Blue wild indigo fills the gap between spring and summer flowering plants as it's pea-shaped blue flowers emerge early in summer and bloom for many weeks. It developes deep taproots before the above growth takes off. In the third year the plant reaches up to 1.20 m height and width and has the appearance of a small shrub. The large seed heads create winter interest.

    Ecology:

    Great pollinator plant for many bees, flies and even beetles. Hummingbirds and butterflies like its nectar. Larval host plant for the wild indigo duskywing butterfly. The big seeds are devoured by black-chapped chickadees. Since the plant is a legume it can fix nitrogen from the air into the soil under the right conditions and can be beneficial to nearby plants.

    Growing conditions:

    Best grown in full or part sun. Very adaptable to soil and moisture conditions. Grows best in medium  to medium wet soil. 

    Blue wild indigo is native up to the south of lake Ontario. The native species in Toronto is small yellow wild indigo, Baptisia tinctoria.

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