Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionNear-black and burgundy flowers on Decadence® 'Dark Chocolate' false indigo (Baptisia) really are as luxurious as a chocolate dessert! The cherry on top is that the flower spikes are massive, reaching up to 27 inches long, each decorated with lupine-like flowers. It packs all of this into a small habit, reaching only 3 feet tall and wide. Nestle it into your urban garden, meadow planting, border, or container.
Indulge yourself in the Decadence® series of false indigos from Proven Winners. Each variety is an absolute treat with vibrant colors, dense flower spikes, and a compact habit that makes it easy to nestle into your garden. These deer-resistant native cultivars thrive with very little maintenance, even in heat, drought, and poor soils. They're easy to grow, making them even easier to enjoy!DetailsBotanical name: Baptisia hybrid 'Dark Chocolate' Plant Patent: USPP 30,959 Common name: False indigo, baptisia, horsefly weed, wild indigo Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 3.5' tall x 3' wide Flower color: Black Purple Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Spring-summer Bloom time: Late spring - early summer Features: Rabbit & deer resistant, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, dry soils, drought tolerant Uses: Accent, border plant, cut flower garden, cottage gardening, massing, specimen, pollinator garden How To GrowSoil: Average to poor well-draining soils. Light: Does well in full sun (6+ hours direct sun). Tolerates some light shade, particularly in hot summer climates. Water: Average water needs - water regularly until established. Moderately drought tolerant once established. Spacing: 3 feet Fertilizing: Baptisia grows well in poor soils, so fertilizer is not required throughout the growing season. However, if needed, you can fertilize with a well-balanced granular fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: Can either be cut back in late fall or early spring. Maintenance & pruning: Not much is required. Simply remove spent flowers to tidy up appearance, or leave them standing to enjoy decorative seed pods in the fall.