Selected partly for its distinct vase-shaped habit in bloom and its fantastic flower production, but most notably for its unique bloom color, this plant’s flowers start off medium rose-violet, then age to soft lavender-rose, as unique as its namesake the lavender rose. The inch-wide flowers are densely produced on 18”-long inflorescences. Expect three weeks of bloom from mid-May into early June (USDA Zone 5). After blooming, this vigorous and adaptable selection matures into a dense, broad mound with clean foliage. ‘Lavender Rose’ is an advanced-generation hybrid developed from Baptisia australis and B. bracteata.
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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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