Early Virginians held great affection for their gardens. Create your very own historically inspired garden with this packet of Baptisia Seeds. Native to many parts of the US, Baptisia is a herbaceous, perennial shrub which produces blue to periwinkle blue, sweet-pea shaped flowers. The rich bluish-green leaves produce a purple dye once used by the Cherokee Indians. The plant was first identified and described during the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
FULL SUN - Baptisia should be planted in the spring when the danger of frost has passed. The seeds can be scored and soaked for 12-24 hours before planting to optimize germination. The plants do best in lime-free, stony soil with full sun though they can tolerate mild shade. Baptisia plants grow 3-4 feet with a 2 foot breadth. Baptisia plants have a long taproot, and because of this they DO NOT transplant well. Choose their permanent spot when you plant the seeds, because that is where they will remain.
- 1 g seed packet
- Perennial Plant, Baptisia australis
- Plant 3-4 feet apart at 2 inch depth
- 14-21 Days to Germination
- Blossoms in 120-150 days
- Made in the USA
Eighteenth-century Williamsburg was the home of many ardent gardeners and plant collectors who often exchanged seeds with fellow enthusiasts in Great Britain. Gardeners obtained their seeds from store merchants or from traveling seedsmen. Today, the Colonial Williamsburg seed program continues the tradition by offering many varieties grown in the 18th century.