Baptisia – Decadence® Lemon Meringue

Garden Height
30 - 36
30 - 36
30 - 36
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Code
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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You'll be impressed with the excellent vigor of this yellow flowered selection. It forms an upright, vase-shaped mound of attractive blue-green foliage topped with long, charcoal stems which carry the lemon yellow flowers in late spring to early summer, followed by decorative seed pods in fall. The contrast of dark stems with light flowers really pops in the landscape, delivering an excellent floral display.

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  • Dead-Heading Not Necessary
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Native to North America
  • Fall Interest

Attracts: Butterflies

Resists: Deer

Maintenance Notes:

Grows best in full sun and average to poor, well-drained soil. Moderately drought tolerant once established. Very long-lived perennial.

This easy care, drought tolerant, deer resistant perennial is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for low maintenance or native perennials.

Uses Notes:

Compact habit, ideal for small spaces.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Late Spring

Hardiness Zones: 9b

Flower Form: Landscape

Soil Fertility: Poor Soil

Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil

pH: C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 1

Fertilization: 100 - 150

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Dry to Moderate

Rooting Out Temperature: 55 - 60° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 55 - 60° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Late Spring Finish. 1 ppp.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

6" and Gallon Pot: 8-12

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

Do not pinch. Pinching can remove emerging flowers. Growth regulators may be helpful under low light conditions, however, under high light and good air movement growth regulators may not be necessary. Baptisia are vigorous growers coming out of dormancy and can become overgrown quickly, early in the crop cycle. Monitor growth carefully. Drenching the plants with 6-10 ppm Bonzi when they are 6 inches tall will effectively control plant height. Drench rates will vary widely on bark based soil mixes versus peat based soil mixes. Spray applications at 30-45 ppm Bonzi are also effective, but will require multiple applications.

Pest and Disease Management:

Baptisia have few pest and disease issues. General pest and disease practices as listed in the notes.

Grower Tips:

-For optimum plant quality ensure high light levels and good air circulation.

-Finishing plants under cool temperatures will help control height and will intensify flower color, but may increase crop time.

-Large bare root plants will be provided and plants should bloom that same spring.

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