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 is otherwise vigorous and adaptable. It is a primary hybrid of B. sphaerocarpa and B. albescens.
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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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