Photo: © Jelitto
White false indigo
If you've tried growing lupins and failed miserably then try the Baptisia genus.
It's a relative of the lupins but much easier to grow - if you have a little patience. Slow to get going but once established a very long lived and trouble free plant.
Baptisia is an American native with a large root system designed to get the plant through extreme drought, so once planted leave it alone to develop .
It's not prone to insects or disease and planted alone as a focal point or mid to back border, its lupin-like flowers are a talking point and attract butterflies.
The smokey purple stems appear almost black at times accentuating the 30cm long pristine white flowers. Its decorative black pea-like seed pods droop from the stems hence pendula.
Well drained, loam, sand
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