Baptisia Australis (False Indigo) is a native North American wildflower and is an excellent choice for sunny gardens. Plants form a tall, bushy clump of grey-green foliage, with long spikes of pea-like flowers, in shades of violet-blue. A good substitute for Lupines, in areas where they are difficult to grow. Makes an excellent cut flower, also attractive to butterflies. Drought tolerant, once established. This plant grows into a sizable shrub, and will die all the way to the ground every year. Cut it back hard in fall or early spring before new growth appears- last year's growth needs to be fully removed. Baptisia has a deep tap root and doesn't lik