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False Indigo—A Spectacular Native Hybrid

Kim Hawkes is the owner of Niche Gardens, a nursery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, specializing in nursery-propagated wildflowers, selected garden perennials, ornamental grasses, and underused trees and shrubs.


  • Laurel October 6, 2018

    In your discussion of Baptista propagation, you say to plant seeds outdoors in commercial seed mix. Is this a temporary step, or am I planting where the plants are to stay?

  • Joanne Griggs August 19, 2014

    From your article: “....sow the seeds outdoors in a sterile commercial seed mix…” Does this mean sow the seeds outdoors directly in the ground that has been amended with sterile seed mix, or does it mean sow the seeds in containers filled with sterile seed mix and place them outdoors? If planted in containers and placed outside, would you recommend that the containers be overwintered in a cold frame? Also, should the containers in a cold frame be further insulated by placing deeply into the ground? If pots are kept above ground, should they be surrounded by some other insulation? Thank you for a wonderful article and any info you can give me (I’m pretty much a beginner gardener).

  • Sally Boyce August 20, 2013

    Will false indigo survive in Florida?

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