Baptisias are upright, bushy perennials with blue-green, clover-like foliage. Flowers are in spikes, and individual florets are pea-like. Flowers are followed by inflated seed pods that turn black with age. Seeds rattle around in the blackened pods which were once used as rattles for children. Fun to play with and ornamental!
Baptisia have a long taproot and good drought tolerance. Grows best in full sun and average to poor, well-drained soil. Special value to native bees.
Decadence ‘Cherries Jubilee’ is a hybrid Baptisia with deep maroon buds that open to bicolor maroon and gold flowers. Secondary branching on the flower stems make this cultivar especially floriferous.
Height: 3-3 ft.
Spread: 3 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
Water: dry to medium
According to Rutgers University, Baptisia are “rarely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Proven Winners
a Proven Winners plant