Baptisia cinera x minor Grape Taffy

False Indigo, Wild Indigo

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Plant Code: BAGT

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With its smaller footprint, this compact charmer dons bicolor flowers a showstopper in any sized garden! Spikes of smoky red-purple blossoms are accented at the base in buff-yellow. A nice alternative to a shrub. Blue-green foliage and black seed heads in fall heighten its appeal.

Developed by Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens a cross of Baptisia cinera and Baptisia minor. Baptisia Grape Taffy provides a stunning new color palette to this genus. Matures to a bushy, shrub-like perennial.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 24-30"
Spacing: Plant 30" apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Purple
Accent: Red
Patent: PP26,587
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Baptisia General Information

A very permanent and arresting perennial with a vase shape, 3-4' tall. Blue/green foliage on silver stems is topped by soft lupine-like flowers from late spring into summer. The black seedpods can be left on for additional ornamental effect or used in dried arrangements. Extremely long lived, so pick a good spot! Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Baptisia Plant Care

Long-lived and typically trouble-free, Baptisia will reach shrub-like proportions at maturity. Good in poor soils. Dislikes being moved when mature. Late fall or spring cleanup may be preferred. Cut to 4-6" when foliage blackens with the cold.