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/Burgundy
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. Baptisia may need 2-3 years of maturity before producing significant flowering but so worth the wait! 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.