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debs64debs64 Posts: 4,925
I buy a lot of plants online and often get emails about special offers. Today I had one for Baptisia and they sound amazing but I have never grown them and was wondering if anyone had and if they thought they were s good plant? Do they need staking? Are they Hardy? Any honest reviews very welcome these nursery adverts make every plant sound perfect! 


  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited August 2018
    I was fascinated by these plants too. Nobody ever mentions them here. Also lobelia siphilitica - both perennials.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,348
    I recall Adam Frost on GW designing part of his new garden a year or so ago and he planted baptisia as a link between other plants. I think earlier this year he said they didn't perform as he'd hoped and replaced them with something else - but I may be completely wrong.
    I considered them for my garden as I liked the look of them, but I don't think they flower for very long, and thy're not overly attractive when not in flower, so I didn't get any
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  • HazybHazyb Posts: 336
    The little plant in the background is a plug of Baptistia  Pink Lemondade which I am growing on ( I have 3 ) I bought them as they were something different. 

    The do look a  bit delicate but are growing well so far and the weather has turned autumnal here.  Won’t really know for sure how they do until they are planted out next year. I am hoping they do well. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    They are really for the early summer border.  As Pete8 says, quite short flowering which is a shame since they do look spectacular when in flower. If you have a large garden, and enjoy a variety of plants, then I definitely recommend it. 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    A relative of the Lupins ; I grow B.viridis and australis .
    They are a reliable perennial but need a bit of space . As Pete says , they're finished too quickly and then look tatty .
    Best planted with some other late summer perennial which obscures the foliage .
    Another relative is Thermopsis ; flowers for me April/May ; primrose yellow fls.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,925
    Thanks for the feedback don't think I will bother as I have limited space. 
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