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Blue False Indigo


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Common Name: Blue False Indigo

Botanical Name: Baptisia australis

Plant Type: Perennial

Plant Size: Up to 5 feet

Typical Bloom Time: May

This features purple, lupine-like flowers, which give way to inflated seed pods that turn charcoal black when ripe. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods, and were once popularly used by children as rattles. The plant's name refers to early Americans' use of this plant as a substitute for true indigo in making blue dyes. In Conservatory Garden, it can be viewed in the South Garden.


Photo by Perry Eckhardt

Park Locations

Conservatory Garden

East side from 104th to 106th Street