More Information About Baptisia
The genus Baptisia (false wild indigo, false lupine or redneck lupine) is an incredible group of US natives (Minnesota south to Texas and east to Florida ... including North Carolina) that have long been one of our favorite groups of sun perennials. Baptisia species rival the famed lupine for beauty and structure but are far easier to grow and maintain.
Baptisia are deer-resistant perennial wildflowers in the pea family, most with blue-green foliage topped by magnificent stalks of butterfly-attracting flowers...usually in spring. Plant Delights is one of the few nurseries working to make available some of the rarer summer-flowering baptisia species from the southeast US. Most gardeners are only familiar with the commonly grown blue baptisia, Baptisia australis, but baptisias come in a much wider range of flower colors that include white, yellow, purple, pink, and of course, blue.
Baptisia species hail from drier parts of the country, with amazing drought-tolerance, so once established they are perfect for xeriscaping. However, baptisia also thrive in moist conditions and are great perennials in a rain garden.
We are pleased to offer a wide selection of baptisia introductions including Baptisia alba 'Wayne's World', Baptisia minor 'Blue Pearls', and Baptisia leucophaea 'Butterball'. This is in addition to excellent hybrids like Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' and Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' as well as the beautiful, blue-flowered, rock-solid wild blue baptisia species, Baptisia australis. Over the next few years, you'll be seeing more amazing baptisia hybrids hit the market including several from our own breeding as well as from our friend Hans Hansen. When you are ready to buy baptisia for your garden, check out our list of false indigo plants for sale.
Check out our in depth article on Baptisia.