Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) in Mercer Plaza, 251 Mercer Street
NYU Garden Shop Plant of the Week
By Head Gardener, George Reis
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wild Indigo (Baptisia Australis) in Mercer Plaza, 251 Mercer Street.
Flowering right now in the plaza above NYU's CoGeneration Plant is the plant named the 2010 Perennial of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association--it's commonly known as Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis). Wild Indigo is a shrubby native with great appeal in the spring and beyond. After it flowers, Wild Indigo's inflated seed pods lends late season interest. Its long taproot provides drought tolerance, and it can last for decades in the same spot without the need for dividing. Adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, Wild Indigo just needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight to thrive. To read more about Baptisia and why it was selected the 2010 Perennial of the Year, click here.
Previous Plants of the Week:
May 24, 2011
Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii) on the west side of Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer St.
May 17, 2011
Sunny Knock Out Rose (Rosa 'Radsunny') at 251 Mercer St.
Red Ruby Swiss Chard
May 10, 2011
Red Ruby Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris 'Ruby Chard') sidewalk planters on Greene Street between W 4th Street and Washington Place.
May 3, 2011
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) at Founders Hall, 120 East 12th St.
Japanese Flowering Cherry
April 25, 2011
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata), or 'Kwanzan,' on the Bleecker Street side of Cole Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
April 19, 2011
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
April 12, 2011
Daffodil (Narcissus spp.) in the sidewalk median at 100 Bleecker Street.
April 5, 2011
Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus) in the sidewalk median at 100 Bleecker Street.
March 29, 2011
Camellia 'April Remembered' (Camellia japonica 'April Remembered') at Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
Mar 22, 2011
Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku') at Glucksman Ireland House
Mar 18, 2011
NYU Garden Shop Plant of the Week---Witch-hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) at #2 Washington Square Village Lobby Garden. (interior of Washington Square Village, W 3rd Street just west of Mercer)
Mar 8, 2011
Crocus species mix on Bleecker Street side of NYU Coles Sports Center