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Baptisia selections


Baptisia is one of those tall plants with beautiful spires, often in a showy blue, that draws everyone to it for an admiring closer look. It's a native prairie plant that bears long, tall spikes of pealike blooms in late spring. As the flowers ripen, they turn into interesting black seedpods often used in fall arrangements.

It is a drought-tolerant plant that forms a deep taproot. Choose its location carefully; it is difficult to transplant once established.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2-4 feet tall
Plant Width:
2-4 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Baptisia australis has blue-green foliage that is attractive even when not in bloom and, because of its size (3-4 feet tall), makes an excellent shrub substitute. Zones 3-9
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Baptisia australis minor is a smaller version of baptisia, growing to only 2 feet tall and blooming slightly later. Zones 3-9
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Baptisia 'Starlite Prairieblues' is a hybrid between two species of baptisia. Its bicolored flowers are lavender blue and cream with a touch of yellow. It grows to 3 feet tall. Zones 4-8
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Baptisia 'Twilight Prairieblues' is an extremely floriferous hybrid with unique deep purple blossoms with a splash of lemon yellow. It is a compact plant that grows to 30 inches tall. Zones 4-8
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Plant It With
Black-eyed Susan

The golden blooms of black-eyed Susan really pop set against a backdrop of blue-green baptisia foliage.


Purple coneflower is another prairie native plant that combines well with baptisia in a sunny border.

Perennial geranium

Plant perennial geraniums at the base of baptisia to create a low-growing carpet of color. Coordinate lavender-blue flower tones for double the impact.