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Philip Durso
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
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Hey all,

I've heard some great things about the nitrogen fixation and nectary properties of false indigo...I bought seeds but it looks like there are two completely different species. I hear guys like Eric Toensmeier talk more about Amorpha Nana but Baptisia seems more common. Anyone have experience with both of these plants?
 
Jessica Padgham
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I've only grown Baptista so I can't really say anything specific about the Amorphas. From what I can see though the biggest difference is that Baptista is an herbaceous perennial and the Amorpha is a small shrub. I do love my Baptista. I have the traditional blue/purple flowering one and also a yellow flowering one. They are lovely and showy when they bloom and have cool seed pods when they are done blooming. One thing to consider I suppose is that Baptista is a fairly late to emerge plant. This could be a concern if the area is going to get any foot traffic in spring and you don't want to have to worry about where you are stepping. I don't do fall garden cleanup but Baptista seems to be one of those plants that most traces disappear over the winter.
 
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If it helps, here is blue indigo seed from Peaceful Valley Seeds: http://www.groworganic.com/hh-blue-indigo.html.
 
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