BAPTISIA x varicolor TWILITE PRAIRIEBLUES
Baptisia or Flase Indigo was one of The United States first exported crop in the 18th century. Get back to our agricultural roots! Baptisia australis continues to be a stellar performer in the United States marked by the Perennial Plant Association as the perennial plant of the year for 2010. Baptisia’s suitability for a large range of locations, planting environments, as well as its low maintenance requirements, and multi seasonal beauty.
Baptisia Twilite is a cross between B. australis and B. sphaerocarpa. Twilite is one of the recent introductions from the Chicagoland Grows program from the Chicago Botanic Gardens. “An innovative plant introduction program developed to promote the use of new plant cultivars that are well adapted to the growing conditions of the upper mid west. While regional in focus, the program’s plants can be grown successfully in all zone appropriate regions of North America, Europe and around the world.”
Baptisia Twilite is a bi-color pea like violet to purple flower with a yellow keel, the scoop like bottom petal. Grows 40 inches high on sturdy stems. Zones 4-8 blooming from may to june. The flowers make excellent cut flowers. The plants are a great blend to a perennial garden, in the mid area or end. Baptisia can be found in gravely areas near streams to woods edges and even in the praireis.
Baptisia Solar Flare is another of this series we offer. SolarFlare is 30 -36 inches tall with yellow to gold blooms which age to an orange with violet blush. Zones 3-9
Baptisias grow well in full sun and well drained soil. Its one of the most long lived perennials you will grow. The seed pods turn from green to bluish black held high on top of the trifoliate green leaves.