Baptisia ‘Grape Taffy’

(Grape Taffy Baptisia)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Do you love the native genus of Baptisia, but find that you don’t have room on your shelf for the tall, lanky cultivars? Try ‘Grape Taffy’, a new Baptisia developed by Hans Hansen at Walters Gardens, Inc., one of the most compact Baptisia to date. Coming in at under 2½ feet tall, this naturally compact plant stays an ideal size. Spikes of deep reddish-purple flowers appear in early summer, reminiscent of grapes. Each flower is accented by a buff yellow keel. The reddish-purple flowers are a color break for Baptisia, a departure from the typical deep blue flowers of the genus. The green foliage looks attractive even when the flowers are not in bloom.

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Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun in acidic, somewhat poor soils. Good drought tolerance. Plant develops a large taproot and is best left undisturbed once established. Plants tend to open up after flowering and may need support as the summer progresses. Foliage may be cut back after flowering to form compact bushy plants which remain attractive for the remainder of the growing season without staking, however the showy seed pods will be lost if this is done. Plants usually take 3 years to establish, but are of easy culture thereafter.   (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Grape Taffy Baptisia

Botanical Name

Baptisia 'Grape Taffy'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun





Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

mid spring to early summer

Flower Color

Reddish purple, yellow



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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