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Australis Baptisia Plant

  • - Wild Indigo, False Indigo
  • - Height: 3-4 feet
  • - Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: May-June
  • - Each Quart contains 1 Australis Baptisia Plant
Plant Features

Australis Baptisia Plants produce bushy clumps of long stems topped with foot-long spikes of pea like flowers that are decked out in shades of violet blue. These nectar rich flowers attract butterflies and bees, while the dried seed pods attract wild birds. It is equally attractive for fresh cuttings or dried for more lasting arrangements. Blue false indigo is an excellent choice for sunny garden spots in beds and borders where some structure is needed. Baptisia tolerate poor soils, clay soil and even rocky soil, and they are drought tolerant once established. It is a Perennial Plant Association plant of the year for good reason.

Common Names: baptisia australis, blue false indigo, wild indigo, rattleweed, rattlebush, forse fly weed

Baptisia Companion Plants: Euphorbia, Rudbeckia, Saliva

Australis Baptisia Plant Care Instructions: Keep the plant well-watered for the first 4-5 weeks. After that, only water if the plant starts looking droopy. Leave the spent flowers on the plant throughout the winter as birds enjoy eating the seeds. Cut it back to around 6 inches from the ground in early spring before the new growth starts. This is also a good time to apply fertilizer for the year.

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Soil Moisture Moist to Dry
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Clay soil, Sandy soil
Fertilizer When transplanted and then once every Spring
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Height Category Tall
Mature Spread 3-4 feet
Habit Upright
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Butterflies
Features Cut Flower, Drought tolerant
Garden Styles Container Garden, Cottage Garden, Prairie Garden, Rock Garden, Roof Garden
Plant Used for Borders and Edging
Critter Resistance Deer, Rabbit
Pet Friendly No
Plant Type Hybrid

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Love my plant!

I was very happy to receive my baptisia australis plant in such good condition. It is planted and growing well. Thanks everyone at GJ.

From anonymous | October 07, 2022

Good Plants Packaged Well

The healthy plants came promptly and in fine condition, having been packaged with care. That evening, planted them in my native prairie garden here on the farm. (Some day I hope to bring back the western meadow larks of my childhood.) To counter my black thumb, I thoroughly watered in and mulched the plants and surrounded them with chicken wire against the rabbits. After five weeks, so far, so good. Crossing my fingers—it’s up to me, now.

From Phyllis | August 06, 2021


I’ve used GrowJoy for several years. They always ship quickly. The plants are well packaged, healthy, and ready to plant.

From Karen | July 05, 2021

Australis Baptisia Plants

All plants came perfectly packaged, healthy, large and very well rooted. Second year ordering from GrowJoy and remain impressed. Quickly becoming my go to mail order co for plants.

From Donna Marie | June 01, 2021

Australis Baptisia Plant (Wild Indigo)

This beautiful Baptisia Plant was so healthy and grew so fast in it's sunny spot that I had to move it to a larger space. I'm looking forward to seeing how it does there, and enjoying it's delicate blue blossoms this coming summer! Thank You, GrowJoy! 

From Nancy | January 29, 2021

Australis Baptisia

All plants arrived well packed and Healthy. Very pleased with the process.

From DEBORAH | July 13, 2017

Delightful Plant

My Australis Baptisia Plant came in great condition with a well-established root system. It arrived in a very quickly in the mail as did all of my plants. I'm very pleased.

From Timothy | May 16, 2016

Impressive-Australis Baptisia

I was very happy to receive healthy plants in a shipping container that kept them from being crushed

From Gloria | May 06, 2016

Very Drought Tolerant

I ordered four Australis Baptisia plants from GrowJoy last spring. They were very healthy but also very spindly. I wasn't sure how they would do, but now at the end of their first growing season they have filled out very nicely and their stems have thickened and hardened off. I only lost one, which I figure isn't too bad. I didn't water them much but they have proven to be very drought tolerant. I'm looking forward to how they will look by next spring.

From Timothy | November 06, 2015

Australis Baptisia


From harlen | July 04, 2015

Positive Expectations

My Australis Baptisia Plants weren't quite as large as the Purple Smoke Baptisia Plants, byt they still arrived in great condition and were well packed. The stems were already hardened off and ready to be planted outdoors. I have great expectations for all of the Baptisia plants I purchased from GrowJoy.

From Timothy | June 02, 2015

Australis Baptisia

The plant arrived in good condition. Well packed. It's in the ground and so far doing well. Can hardly wait for it to mature.

From Christine | May 21, 2015

Great Company

Baptisia plant came so well packaged that nothing was damaged and the plant was in beautiful condition. Will definitely purchase from this company again.

From Elizabeth | May 31, 2014

Australis Baptisia

Great plants. Nothing new there. Well packaged and shipped. Nothing new there. GrowJoy uses these packaging crates that are the best i have ever seen. The plant comes very secure and with the least amount of stress. Thank You GrowJoy!

From Cody | July 03, 2013

Beautiful Baptisia plant

Shipped promptly...packed as nicely as I've ever seen plants shipped and we have purchased from many places. Australis plants are healthy and looking good as they are started in their new homes. Thank you.

From JoAnn | September 03, 2012