June Plant of the Month – Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis

Introducing Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis, our June plant of the month! It’s hard to miss this time of year, as its vibrant blue shoots are prominent at the Low Line. The plant got its common name because of its use in making blue / purple dyes.

Fast facts: 

  • Native (it’s well adapted to our area, and fits will into the existing ecosystem)
  • Perennial (it comes back every year)
  • Source of nectar and pollen for: native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Host plant for several butterflies in the larval stage including: Frosted elfin, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Orange Sulphur, and Hoary Edge butterflies.

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