Revenge of the

When it’s hot, dry, and daunting, baptisias beat the pants off their temperamental cousins

byTONY AVENT

PLEASE FORGIVE ME, but I’m in my baptisia phase. Fellow plant lovers will understand and sympathize with my compulsive need to study and collect every form of baptisia in sight before moving on to something else. This particular phase started many years ago, but it wasn’t until after several unsuccessful attempts at growing baptisia’s sister genus, the lupines, that I went off the deep end for this group of glorified peas. No matter what varieties I tried, lupines failed outright. Worse, they produced plants of such ugliness that mercy killing seemed the only appropriate action. All the while, only a few feet away, my baptisias

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