At 4′ height with branching habit make this beautiful plant a focal point in the perennial border. Being a legume, it harbors beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots and helps fix nitrogen for plants around it. This benefit makes it a perfect companion plant in the perennial border, especially when planted near heavy feeding plants. Baptisia is also much loved by hummingbirds and other pollinators.
The tall legume type blooms are long lasting and give way to attractive pods that can be pruned off, or left as a feature.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
5-21 days at 65-85°F (18-29°C)
DAYS TO MATURITY:
Transplant: sow 6 weeks before last frost directly into cell packs or soil blocks. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.
Direct seed: Sow seeds 1/4″ deep after last frost.
Well-drained soil of moderate fertility.
Perennial (zones 4-9)