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propagating perennials: Baptisia australis-False Indigo, False Lupin
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Baptisia australis-False Indigo, False Lupin

Propagating False Indigo is best done by cutting or seeding because it’s roots are deep underground and it takes an axe to split its dense base and then you need to get at least two buds to insure that the transplant lives, however it could take up to three years before it blooms. Take cuttings between January and March. Although one would assume by its name that it is a native to Australia it is actually a native to the US, Central and Eastern, and hardy in Zones 3-10. It reaches a height of 36-48" blooms in late spring to early summer and its flowers are bluish-purple. It will take either full sun or partial shade in well drained soil and because of its deep roots it is drought resistant.

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