For more than a decade, the American breeder Hans Andrew Hansen (Walter Garden Inc) carried out experiments in cross-breeding with many Baptisia species harvested throughout Texas and Oklahoma in order to obtain varieties with a unique colouring and a good habit.
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' was produced initially in 2003 from a cross between Baptisia sphaerocarpa and Baptisia alba var. alba, but was only introduced into the catalogue of ornamental varieties in 2011.
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a medium-sized plant (between 60 cm and 100 cm in height) with a luxurious habit. It forms a flared tuft which holds its shape well throughout the season until late winter.
Its blue-green foliage contrasts with thick anthracite-coloured stems and beautifully accompanies its long summer flowering of butter-yellow spikes.
The plant belongs to the vast Fabaceae family (Leguminosae); its black pods prolong ornamental interest until winter.
Easy to grow, little maintenance, long-lived and able to withstand temporary drought makes Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' a good flowering companion for grasses such as Molinia, Andropogon or Panicum and can be planted in extensive gardens and meadows.
Easy to grow in the sun or light shade (4 to 6 hours in direct sun) in ordinary, well-drained, slightly acid to neutral soil.
Maintenance: cut back to 5 cm at the end of winter before the new growth.
- 0,5L pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 6-10
- Height: 70 to 100cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: green yellow
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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