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Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea

Synonym(s) Baptisia leucophaea
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial

Early-flowering baptisia, with a different flower form than most of its cousins. This species occurs naturally in a broad swath of the U.S., ranging from Texas to Minnesota. I tried once before to grow this, and failed to get them through their first year. Attempt #2 in progress...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (85%G, 12-66d). Extended germination because intermediate stages of scarifying with sandpaper and nicking with a file resulted in additional germination after the first round
  2. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (11w; 25%G, 6w) - 80F (50%G, 3-8d)

Warm temperature really helps germination.

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