Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis)
A showy, blue blooming plant that tolerates dry, rocky soil, and hosts a number of caterpillars! Large, showy seed pods are valuable for winter interest. A long lived nitrogen fixer that is slow to establish in the first year or two as it puts down roots, but is drought tolerant and hardy once established. Resistant to deer browsing. Tolerates moist conditions if soil is well drained.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-Jun
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Mainly pollinated by bumblebee queens, occasionally visited by hummingbirds. Hosts the wild indigo dusty wing skipper, hoary edge skipper, frosted elfin butterfly, marine blue butterfly, orangesulphur butterfly, and a number of moths. Mildly toxic foliage makes them unpalatable to herbivores.