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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blue Wild Indigo

Today's plant profile is the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2010, Baptista australis - Blue False Indigo or Blue Wild Indigo. It is a member of the pea family, requiring very little care and very hardy. It generally reaches a height of 3.5' with a 2' spread, but can attain a height of 5 ' with a width of 3.2 '. It develops a tap root, thus being drought tolerant, but then becomes difficult to move due to the tap root. This is one of those perennials that will not transplant well once established. It produces spikes of deep blue flowers in late Spring and early Summer which turn into black seed pods, very popular for flower arrangements.

This perennial will be available at our booth at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market in May.

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