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Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo

Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse'

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Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues False Indigo (Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse') at Pesche's Garden Center

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo flowers

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo flowers

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  False Indigo

Group/Class:  Prairieblues™ Series


Spectacular spikes of butter-cream pea-flowers progress to lavender, then mature to dark purple-blue, above attractive blue-green foliage in early summer; an outstanding vertical floral display as an accent in the garden or landscape

Ornamental Features

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of creamy white pea-like flowers with lavender overtones and buttery yellow centers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive buttery yellow flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its oval compound leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruits are showy black pods displayed in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Lunar Eclipse Prairieblues™ False Indigo will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features