Baptisia australis var. aberrans

Blue Wild Indigo

Plant Type:


Baptisia australis var. aberrans - a naturally occurring compact variety of Blue Wild Indigo, dwarf by comparison to its big brother. Taxonomists have determined that this may very well be a distinct species so Michael Dirr has told me; in that, it may be listed as Baptisia aberrans. Though the plant is shorter the flowers are full-sized; the inflorescence stands alone 22 inches tall. Wild Blue Indigo is an excellent wildlife plant helping numerous species of skippers as well as emerging queen bumble bees. And this compact variety will have applications nearer the front of the perennial border, in the wildlife garden, the rock garden and in the casual meadow. Found in a few spotty counties ranging from Virginia to Alabama this is not commonly encountered in the wild. Full sun or close to it in average to fertile draining soil. Established potted perennial from division.


28 in


56 in


Item Description Price  
BAPAUSAB Baptisia australis v. aberrans (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $26.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Baptisia australis var. aberrans

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Cottage Garden
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Meadow / Field
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Southeastern U.S.

Propagated By

  • Division
  • Cutting