Baptisia TWILITE PRAIRIEBLUES™ (x variicolor 'Twilite' PP19011)
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: False Indigo|
Adding to the array of Baptisia flower colors developed by Dr. Jim Ault of the Chicago Botanic Garden, TWILITE PRAIRIEBLUES™ has deep purple buds which open to smoky violet-purple flowers with lemon yellow keels. The long-lasting flowers appear on upright spikes in late spring about 1-2 weeks later than STARLITE PRAIRIEBLUES™ from late spring into early summer. Charcoal black seed pods add visual interest to the fall landscape.
This is a fairly large selection of Baptisia, so be sure to give it plenty of room to grow. It is unusually robust and vigorous selection that matures quickly in the landscape. 3 year old plants can have 100 or more flowering stems! The blue-green, trifoliate foliage remains beautiful all season long, making this plant a terrific backdrop for other flowering perennials in the landscape.
TWILITE PRAIRIEBLUES™ is a selection from a controlled cross of two species of Baptisia.
Baptisia is easy to grow and will thrive with little maintenance. There are many potential applications in the landscape including meadow plantings, as a backdrop in borders, or as a specimen. Plants are very long-lived once established.
Breeder: Dr. Jim Ault
Introducer: Chicagoland Grows®
Parentage: B. australis x sphaerocarpa
Origin: Native Cultivar
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Baptisia grows best in full sun, though it tolerates light shade. If grown in too much shade, plants may require staking. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soil that is well-drained. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant because of its tough, deep taproot.
This perennial native may take a couple of seasons to become established, but is very long-lived once mature. Avoid disturbing established clumps.
The genus name Baptisia comes from the Greek word bapto, meaning to dip, referring to its use as a substitute dye for indigo. The common name for Baptisia, False Indigo, also refers to this practice.
From the Fabaceae Family, or the Bean or Pea Family.
Tantalizing Trivia: Baptisia australis was the first ever subsidized agricultural crop in America.