Baptisia DECADENCE® 'Cherries Jubilee' PP23907 CPBRAF

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: Proven Winners® Perennials
Common Name: False Indigo
Proven Winners® Perennial

An unusually beautiful and unique flower color as well as densely branched foliage set this new variety apart.  Deep maroon buds open to bicolor maroon and yellow flowers held on strong scapes above the blue-green foliage in late spring to early summer.  Secondary branching on the flower stems makes this variety especially floriferous. As the flowers age, they turn gold.

Well-branched stems form a bushy, upright spreading mound of foliage that is relatively short for Baptisia.  It is a good candidate for the middle of the flower border.  Ornamental seed pods extend the season of interest into fall.

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.

The roots of the DECADENCE® series run deep—14 years deep to be exact.  What started as a fun botanizing trip in the lower Midwest with a fellow botanist blossomed into a complex hybridizing project for breeder Hans Hansen. 

For over a decade, Hansen made countless crosses with many native Baptisia species he had collected across Texas and Oklahoma.  These crosses resulted in an array of seedlings with unique flower colors and plant habits. 

Only the very best have made it into the new DECADENCE® Series, which includes varieties selected for their desirable flower colors and shorter, more compact habit. 

Click here to watch a video about DECADENCE® Baptisias.


*The DECADENCE® trademark is owned by Walters Gardens, Inc.

Intro Year: 2011

Breeder: Hans Hansen

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc./Proven Winners®

Origin: Native Cultivar


  2.5-3 Feet
  3 Feet
Flower Color:
  Red shades
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rain Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Grower Note:

All members of this series are produced from cuttings rather than from seed, resulting in more uniform finished plants.

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


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Fun Facts:

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.


While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.