Baptisia-'Twilite' bears dusty purple flowers with yellow keels (bases) paired with purple leaves of corkscrew hazel. (Photos by Stephen Westcott-Gratton)

Baptisias: Favourite almost-native perennials

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

In 1990, blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) was considered a rare plant, but by 2010 the Perennial Plant Association named it Perennial of the Year.

Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) likes full sun and is drought tolerant once established. (Garden Making photos)

Baptisias take centre stage

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

There’s nothing false about the rising popularity of baptisias. They deserve all their new-found attention.