Baptisia australis 'American Goldfinch' False Indigo



Baptisia x australis 'American Goldfinch' has golden yellow blooms on long spikes that rise above the pretty green foliage. A bold, specimen worthy cultivar, 'American Goldfinch' blooms for many weeks, followed by decorative seed pods. A somewhat shrubby perennial, it stays looking nice throughout the summer.

Baptisia australis is native to much of central and eastern North America. It is naturally found in prairies, along tree lines, in open rocky woodlands and creekbanks. Baptisia is a legume that naturally enriches soils.

Baptisia, also referred to as Wild or False Indigo, is easily grown in low fertility soil, including clay and dry soil. It prefers full sun. Its root system resents disturbance once established. Very drought tolerant. Like most Baptisia, 'American Goldfinch' is long-lived, once established.


  • Common Names: False Indigo, Wild Indigo
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Average, well-drained
  • Height at Maturity: 42
  • Width at Maturity: 60
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Late spring, early summer
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Patent #: 30478

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Drought.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Native to North America.

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

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