The inch-wide flowers of this selection are initially a light lemon-cream in color, aging to a medium and even dark violet, producing a unique two-toned color effect to the inflorescences like no other false indigo! The 15”-long inflorescences are held well above the foliage. Expect a three-week bloom from late May to mid-June (USDA Zone 5). Mature plants exhibit an open, airy habit with stout stems angled out at their base and no lower stem foliage. ‘Lunar Eclipse’ is a wonderful focal plant for any perennial border. Well-drained soils are a must. This complex hybrid was developed from Baptisia albescens, B. australis, B. leucophaea, and B. tinctoria.
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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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