Baptisia australis, Blue Indigo
spring turns to summer, tall indigo spires, reaching 5 ft tall with
bouquets 6ft wide, crowd above branches of clover leaves. Naturally
ranging from central eastern US through the Midwest, this perennial
hugs the forest margins making it ideal for either full sun
or partial shade.
Grow specs: space at 2-3ft. Sandy loam and
neutral to acidic wasteland soil. Drought resistant, undisturbed
by pests and needs little care.
Although potentially toxic, Native Americans used
the root of blue false indigo in tea as a purgative and externally
to treat toothache. Do not use unless under physicians care! Toxic!