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BAPTISIA 'Chocolate Chip'

Image of Baptisia 'Chocolate Chip'

Jessie Keith

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

BAPTISIA 'Chocolate Chip'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid False Indigo

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Burgundy, Brown, Sienna

  • Fruit Color

    Chocolate, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No