Baptisia minor 'Melissa Blue'

Melissa Blue Dwarf False Indigo

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Item #: 3714

Zones: 3a to 9b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(syn: Baptisia australis var. minor A1T-002) If you have only grown Baptisia australis, then you've missed one of the best blue-flowered members of the genus Baptisia. Baptisia minor is its little-known cousin that's actually superior to Baptisia australis in garden value. Take a Baptisia australis and shrink the leaves and plant by about half, attach an 18-24" flower spike atop the clump, which is loaded with blue-lavender flowers from mid-April until early May, and you have Baptisia minor. In summer, the enormous black pods add garden interest as they cling to the sturdy old flower spikes. This offering is a seed strain from an excellently flowering form we selected from our original wild seed collection in Melissa, just north of Dallas, TX.