chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Blue Mound False Indigo

A Prairieblues™ False Indigo Introduction

Baptisia australis 'Blue Mound' PP#25902



Unlike all the complex hybrids of false indigos being introduced by Chicagoland Grows® under the Prairieblues™ series, ‘Blue Mound’ is a selected form of the popular false blue indigo species, Baptisia australis.‘Blue Mound’ was developed by crossing the larger B. australis var. australis with the more compact B. australis var. minor.  This vigorous selection is intermediate in size to both parents but with the heavier blooming of the B. australis var. australis and the more uniform broad rounded habit and finer foliage of the B. australis var. minor.

The dusty violet-blue flowers are borne above the attractive blue-green foliage from late May into mid- June (USDA Zone 5). This selection forms a season-long, perfectly uniform mound that you will think was sheared! The original plant at ten years of age measured 43" tall x 60" wide in early summer and 14" wider by late autumn.. It has proven to be soil pH adaptable, heat tolerant and quite cold hardy. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Hardy to USDA Zones 4 – 7.

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