Baptisia australis Blue Wild False Indigo Seeds and Potted Plants
 (bap-TEEZ-ee-uh  aw-STRAH-lis)

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Baptisia australis, wild blue indigo, false indigo native wildflower seed

Baptisia australis, Blue False Indigo picture

Habitat Bloom
Color Height
Moisture Plant
Baptisia australis wild blue indigo wild false indigo picture Sun May to
Deep Blue
seed pods
24 to 48 inches Dry to

  Photos by cj seed pod photo  click on images for larger blue false indigo pictures

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Baptisia australis seed
Wild Blue False Indigo seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  $2.50 + shipping

100 25 sq ft

1 ounce - $14.50  

 1640 109 sq ft

1 pound ----------- 

 26240 1752 sq ft

Baptisia australis, Wild Blue False Indigo is a spectacular specimen in the flower garden. The  blue-green foliage resembles a small rounded bush 2 to 3 feet in height. Tall spikes of deep blue flowers bloom above the foliage in May or June and turn into large charcoal black seed pods in late summer that are often used in flower arrangements. Blue Wild Indigo has a deep taproot which permits it to withstand dry conditions and heat. It makes a nice backdrop in the perennial garden. 

Baptisia australis is a multipurpose plant that occurs naturally in limestone and dolomite glades in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Leguminosae (Pea Family) Papilionoideae
Blue Indigo is a native host plant for the following butterflies - Wild Indigo Duskywing, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Frosted Elfin, Hoary Edge.

Blue Wild Indigo has a hard seed coat, germination will be improved after a pretreatment of scarification. Scrape the seed coats with a file, or rub the seeds  between 2 sheets of coarse sandpaper. Another method is immersing the seeds in hot water (approximately 180 degrees) letting them soak overnight as the water cools.  Baptisia seeds planted in fall/early winter should not need a pretreatment for spring germination.

Alternate Common Names

blue false indigo, wild indigo, plains wild indigo, false indigo, baptisia, plains baptisia, rattlepod, rattlebush, rattlebush wild indigo.


Conservation:  It makes good ground cover in sunny locations because of its bushy habit, extensive root systems and perennial life form.  It is a native legume, fixes nitrogen in the soil, and can be part of a good wildlife seed mixture when native grasses and forbs are seeded.

Cultural:  Presently, Baptisia australis, is grown by many as an ornamental in outdoor flower gardens or as a decorative border.  It has become popular because it grows well in many areas outside its native range when planted, does well without watering, requires no fertilizer or pesticide treatments and needs no pruning.  The pods have been used in dried flower arrangements.  When in bloom the brightly colored blue flowers arranged in spikes make it very attractive.  However, a bouquet of fresh cut flowers does not last very long.  The flowers and stems turn black as soon as they begin to dry. 

  The Cherokees used the plant as a source of blue dye for their clothes.  Early pioneer settlers copied this practice.  A common name, false indigo, indicates it is not the true indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria L.) which was introduced from the India subcontinent and cultivated for blue dye by many landowners during the early settlement of America.  Some Indian tribes used it for medicinal purposes.  The Osage made eyewash from the plant.  The Cherokees would make a tea from it.  A hot tea was taken as a purgative and a cold tea to prevent vomiting.  A pulverized root or hot tea was held over a sore tooth to relieve the pain.   Indian children would use the dried pods with the loose seeds inside as rattles.