This newest addition to the Baptisia DECADENCE® series will stop you in your tracks with its intensely vibrant flower color. You’ll enjoy its vivid violet blue blossoms in late spring, around the same time as peonies and COLOR SPIRES® Salvia.
Because of its shorter stature, you will easily find room to fit this perennial in your flower garden. Seed pods begin to develop immediately after the plant is finished flowering, deepening in color and persisting into fall.
Baptisia is easy to grow and will thrive with little maintenance. There are many potential applications in the landscape including meadow plantings, as a backdrop in borders, or as a specimen. Plants are very long-lived once established.
The roots of the DECADENCE® series run deep. What started as a fun botanizing trip in the lower Midwest with a fellow horticultarist blossomed into a complex hybridizing project for breeder Hans Hansen. Hans has made countless crosses with the many native Baptisia species he has collected across Texas and Oklahoma. These crosses have resulted in an array of seedlings with unique flower colors and plant habits. Only the very best have made it into the new DECADENCE® Series, which includes varieties selected for their desirable flower colors and shorter, more compact habit.
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Baptisia grows best in full sun, though it tolerates light shade. If grown in too much shade, plants may require staking. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soil that is well-drained. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant because of its tough, deep taproot. This perennial native may take a couple of seasons to become established, but is very long-lived once mature. Avoid disturbing established clumps.
From Walters Gardens
Baptisia Decadance 'Sparkling Sapphires'
Common Name False Indigo Plant Type Perennial Zone 4-9 Height 2.5-3' Spread: 3' Growth Habit Uprignt, Mounding Growth Rate Medium Bloom Time
Full Sun (>6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun
Low Water Needs
Average Water Needs
Poor Soil Quality
Average Soil Quality
Easy To Grow
Native to North America