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BAPTISIA 'Chocolate Chip'
Hybrid False Indigo
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Beautifully clumping with upright stems clothed in bluish green leaves, Chocolate Chip false indigo has pretty spikes of brown-burgundy flowers in mid-spring to early summer. A hybrid herbaceous perennial, it resulted from the cross of Baptisia alba with B. sphaerocarpa. It is slow growing with a deep taproot.
The blue-green to light green leaves have three oval leaflets. Depending on severity of the winter, the emergent stems and leaves will produce an upright flower spike as early as mid-spring, or later into early summer. Dull burgundy-brown in color, the individual blossoms are pea-like and will be visited by bees and butterflies. The puffy seedpods that ensure are attractive and become chocolate to black in tone.
Grow 'Chocolate Chip' in full sun in an average to poor, gritty or gravelly soil that has good drainage. Tolerant of dry soil, heat and drought, it looks its best with moisture while sprouting and in bloom. Although the seeds of this cultivar do not grow true, some will still cut off spent flowers or shear the foliage to keep it looking tidy. Plant false indigo where it is to grow. It resents root disturbance. Use it in a sunny hillside mixed border, in a large rockery in a cottage garden or mixed meadow.
9 - 2
4 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Burgundy, Brown, Sienna
Light Green, Blue Green
Green, Blue Green
Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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