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Re: Baptisa

Baptisia australis was one of my first plants.  I loved watching it snake
out of the ground in spring.  I liked it so much that when AHS asked members
to nominate plants for their 75th anniversary list, I wrote in and suggested
it.  They did include it on their "75 Great Plants" list and gave me a copy
of their brown book for nominating it.

We have several Baptisias in our display garden.  We have both Purple Smoke
and Carolina Moonlight.  Our Prairie garden has a few varieties including a
white one, but it's not pendula - don't have my list with me.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 4:36 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Baptisa

>     Watching some of the perennials out here stand up to the heat and
> humidity, the drought we had earlier. One of the outstanding perennials I
> have here is Baptisa. Both australis, the false blue, and B.pendula, the
> white blooming behave as though nothing out of the usual is going on. They
> are quite large plants and require mostly sun, but I like them enough to
> that my wife has them in her gardens. They are also slow to bulk up to a
> good show.
>     Is anyone growing these or any of the other species? How about some of
> the newer cultivars such as Purple Smoke or or Caroliana Moonlight???
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
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