Not only is this one of the most floriferous hybrids we have developed, it also pushes the boundary for color with its distinctly bicolored, light sandy-yellow flowers with violet markings that fade as the flowers age. From a distance, the flowers appear tan in color. The inch-wide blossoms are held well above the foliage on inflorescences as long as 24”. Plants bloom for three weeks commencing in mid-May (USDA Zone 5). Distinctly vase-shaped in bloom, the foliage continues to expand until the plants are broad-rounded mounds, densely foliaged to the ground. ‘Sandstorm’ is a second-generation B. australis × B. bracteata hybrid.
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The Prairieblues™ false indigos were developed by Jim Ault, Ph.D., at the Chicago Botanic Garden from crosses made between 1999 and 2004. The selections were developed from crossing Baptisia albescens (formerly B. alba), B. australis var. australis, B. australis var. minor, B. bracteata (formerly B. leucophaea), B. sphaerocarpa, and B. tinctoria in various c ombinations. All parent plants and selections were grown in-ground at the Chicago Botanic Garden (USDA Zone 5b) during the breeding and selection process.
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