Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Baptisia australis - Wild Blue Indigo

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website for the natural range of Wild Blue Indgio
Wild Blue Indigo
Wild Blue Indigo
May 21, 2013 - I started these Wild Blue Indigo from seed three years ago, finally they are blooming.
Wild Blue Indigo - Baptisia australis
Baptisia austrailis - Wild Indigo
Wild Blue Indigo - wildflower
October 2011 - Germanville, PA - Wild Indigo
Wildlife Significance
Host  - (larvae) Plant for numerousbutterflies/moths.skippers- Eastern tailed blue (butterfly), Northern Sulphurs, Wild Indigo Duskwings (skipper), Clouded Sulphurs, Eastern Tailed Blue, Hoary Edg and the Gray Hairstreak.

Nectar Source - Long and Short-tongued bees, Butterflies

Seeds -  Chickadees love them

Deer -
Deer are not fond of this plant

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower site

Eastern Tailed Blue
Eastern Tailed Blue
Photo - Courtesy Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Photo by © Nancy Piltch

Propagation Notes -

Storage - 
Cold dry until planting

Seed Preparation -
File end of seed with emery board - dipped in species specific rhizobium inoculum -

Seeds Planted -

Sprouted -
3-6-2012 -

Night Temperature -
61 - 63°F

Day Temperature -
64 - 65°F - Under florescent lights

\Wild Blue Indigo
Wild Blue Indigo
Cultivation Information
Height - 3 to 4 ft
Blooms - May - July
Sun - Full sun to light shade
Hardy Zone -  4 to 9
Flower Color - Blue
Plant Spacing -2 ft

Family - Fabaceae, Pea Family

Host plant for Wild indigo duskywing
Wild indigo duskywing
Photo- Courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Photo by © Nancy Piltch
Wild Blue Indigo
Wild Blue Indigo - Baptisia australis
Historically Speaking - The Cherokee people,  used this plant to dye their clothing blue and as tea. Young children enjoyed playing with the seed pods.

It was the leaves from this plant that both the early settlers and Indians used as a dye.

Another tribe the Osage who were originally from the Ohio River area used indigo as an eye wash.

We are certainly not recommending that you use our plants for anything other than a means of improving the soil and providing food for pollinators.
baptisa seed
Seed from Moon Eagle - Germanville, PA
Seed Provenance - MoonEagle property - Germanville, PA 2011 - 2012 - Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN - 2010