Baptisia DECADENCE® 'Cherries Jubilee' PP23907 CPBRAF
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Series Name: Proven Winners® Perennials|
Common Name: False Indigo
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.
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Intro Year: 2011
Breeder: Hans Hansen
Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc./Proven Winners®
Origin: Native Cultivar
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
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Low water needs
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Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
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All members of this series are produced from cuttings rather than from seed, resulting in more uniform finished plants.
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.