from Instagram:

One of the toughest and most beautiful of perennials out there: “False Indigo,” Baptisia australis. When placing it in the garden, I think of it as a summer/autumn shrub, rather like a grass, because it will die back to the earth until early summer. It is a North American native, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and Tennessee. 💙
The Missouri Botanical says: {The genus name Baptisia comes from the Greek word bapto meaning “to dye”. Specific epithet (australis) means “southern.”
The common name of false indigo refers to the use of certain native baptisias by early American colonists as a substitutes, albeit inferior, for true indigo (genus Indigofera) in making dyes.}
I’ll post it again in flower next week! 💙

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