Blue Wild Indigo Seeds
Blue Wild Indigo Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia austalis) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 30-50 seeds)
Blue Wild Indigo, Blue False Indigo
Fabacaea (Pea Family)
Central and eastern North America.
To 3ft tall and wide with pretty blue flowers reminiscent in look to sweet pea or lupine blossoms. Each spring this herbaceous perennial sends up graceful arching stalks laden with closed flower buds flattened against the stems. They look much like asparagus stalks when they first emerge, but all parts of the plant are considered toxic so should not be eaten.
After blooming the plants produce green pea-like seedpods which ripen to a dark powdery-blue colour. The insides of the pods are deeper pigmented where the small lentil-like seeds have touched the sides.
They do well in any type of soil, moist or dry, but do best in loose loamy soil.
Seeds germinate easily when started in flats in the spring and then transplanted out once seedlings and sturdy.
These showy plants are worthy of a place in the ornamental perennial boarder. They do not commonly self-seed, but are tidy and clump forming. Cut back in fall time.
Plants fix nitrogen in the soil and make good companion plants.
The entire plant exudes a blue-pigmented sap, but the roots are the most rich in the indigo dye.
None known. Plants are considered toxic.
Traditional indigenous medicinal uses includes using the root topically for inflammation, or to relieve toothaches. It has also been used as an emetic.
The botanical name ‘baptisia’ comes from the Greek ‘bapto’, which means ‘to dip’ or ‘immerse’. This is a reference to the plants use as a source of pigment for creating natural dyes. Also called Blue False Indigo, the roots are commonly used as substitute for the superior dye-producing plant Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria). Indigo was the original dye of denim for blue jean trousers.
Attracts Pollinators, Apothecary Garden, Drought tolerant, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers.