A profusion of vibrant, lemon yellow flowers.

Baptisia Prairieblues™ Sunday Morning


This stunning false indigo was selected for its amazing profusion of vibrant lemon-yellow flowers borne on charcoal-gray-tinted stems, all dramatically displayed above the medium to dark green foliage. Plants bloom for three weeks, beginning in early May (USDA Zone 5)—a good ten days ahead of Baptisia sphaerocarpa. ‘Sunny Morning’ is a vigorous plant with many stems, and its dense, uniformly broad-rounded habit is maintained all growing season. Best adapted to acidic to neutral soils, as the foliage may become chlorotic on high pH soils, this selection otherwise is vigorous and adaptable. It is a primary hybrid of B. sphaerocarpa and B. albescens.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Sunday Morning false indigo
  • Botanical Name

    Baptisia 'Sunday Morning' PP25479
  • Origin

    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.

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    3.5' tall by 5' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Moist, but well-drained, fairly adaptable to many soils
  • Moisture

    Drought tolerant once established
  • Disease & Pests

    False indigos exhibit good to excellent disease resistance. A seed weevil will predate the seed, but this does not detract from either plant health or display value. The genista broom moth caterpillar (Uresiphita reversalis) can seriously defoliate plants of Baptisia, but this tends to be more of a problem in warmer climes.
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, foundations, mass plantings, matrix plantings, naturalized gardens, commercial plantings
  • Propagation

    Softwood Cuttings, Tissue Culture

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