Photo: © Jelitto
White false indigo
If you've tried growing lupins and failed miserably then try Baptisia, a distant cousin of lupins but much easier to grow.
Baptisia are North American natives that take some time to develop their large root system. This is designed to get the plant through extreme weather conditions including severe drought, so a little patience is required.
Leave them alone to get going as once established plants become very long lived and trouble free.
Highly decorative the smokey purple stems appear almost black at times accentuating the 30 cm long pristine white flowers which attract both moths and butterflies. The long lasting flowers are followed by black pea-like seed pods which droop from the fading stems, hence pendula.
A truly gorgeous plant.
Well drained, loam, sand