Selected especially for its heavy flower production, the light lemon-green flowers contrast nicely with the deep lime-green foliage. ‘Mojito’ begins flowering in early to mid-May, somewhat ahead of most other false indigos (USDA Zone 5). It also blooms longer than most false indigos—upward of four weeks. The vase-shaped habit in spring gives way to a more rounded habit during the remainder of the growing season. ‘Mojito’ has strong stems that don’t lodge, and its attractive foliage is darker in color than most other false indigos. This complex hybrid was developed from Baptisia australis, B. bracteata, and B. sphaerocarpa.
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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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