Baptisia australis, commonly known as Blue False Indigo or Wild Blue Indigo, is a native perennial legume. It blooms in spring and can grow to a height of 3 feet. On glades, it is usually much shorter.
Queen bumblebees are the primary pollinators of the flowers, where they feed on nectar primarily. Other insects feed destructively on the leaves, developing seeds, and other parts of Blue Wild Indigo.
Livestock tend to avoid this plant’s rather toxic leaves.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates drought and poor soils. Plants should not be disturbed once established. The showy seed pods are valued additions to dried flower arrangements. This is a popular garden plant for its flowers, interesting foliage, and ornamental seedpods (which are toxic to eat, so take care with children).