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Baptisia × bicolor 'Starlite' (Wild indigo)

Baptisia × bicolor 'Starlite' Prairieblues™ PP19971

Wild indigo

A second introduction from Chicagoland Grows®, 'Starlite' Prairieblues™ shines with soft blue pea flowers that glow white at the base for a sparkling overall appearance. A good strong grower with long spikes of flowers in early summer.


Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

3-4 Feet

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Wild indigo Interesting Notes

A selection from a controlled cross of Baptisia (australis x bracteata) conducted by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. A medium-sized plant growing to only 3' tall, this selection boasts 24" flower stems bearing a profusion of bicolored blooms. Deep violet-lavender buds unfurl into lovely periwinkle-blue blooms with contrasting buttercream keels. This is one of the first Baptisia to bloom in the trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden (USDA Zone 5). A vigorous but well-maintained plant with somewhat arching branches, reminiscent of the B. bracteata parent. - Chicagoland Grows®

The genus name comes from the Greek word "bapto" which means "to dye" because some of the darker flowered species were used as dyes.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Dry Sun
Meadow