Baptisia australis. A bit shy and slow, this handsome ornamental from the Pea family will probably not bloom until the second spring, but it is SO worth it. Once established, it grows into thick, full clumps that thrive until fall's first killing frost. Clusters may be divided in the early spring and replanted. Once the flowers have died back, Baptistia is fairly drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 3-9. Early summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48".
Average seed life: 1 year.