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Baptisia Decadence® Lemon Meringue

Baptisia Decadence® 'Lemon Meringue'

This native perennial is widely adapted and easy to grow.

Item # 49299

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Tall wands of clear yellow on charcoal-black stems fill the spring and summer air on this glorious new cultivar. A compact, beautifully colored Baptisia, 'Lemon Meringue' is part of the Decadence™ series developed by premier breeder Hans Hansen. We think you'll love its performance in your garden.

Just 3 feet high and 2½ to 3 feet wide, this neat perennial begins flowering in late spring in most climates, continuing into summer. The pea-like blooms are followed by showy seedpods that last into fall, adding another season of beauty to the display. Lush blue-green foliage keeps the entire plant attractive from spring until frost.

Best in full sun or light shade, 'Lemon Meringue' is a very adaptable and easy to grow plant. It was bred from hybrids of native species in Oklahoma and Texas, and is ideal for either the garden or container. The result of more than a decade of breeding, it is an absolute top performer! You will love it. Zones 4-9.



Set out plants about 3 feet apart, in full sun and in a well-drained loamy soil. Choose your location carefully, as established plants put out extensive root systems and do not like to be moved.


Keep plants well-watered until established, after which time they are quite drought resistant. To dry the seedpods, cut them early in the fall before they become weathered and wrinkled. Keep them right side up in a dry, airy location until ready to use.


Zones 3-8

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.