Thoughts on Baptisia australis (False Indigo)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptisia_australis

B. australis grows best in lime-free, well-drained stony soil in full sun to part shade. It grows to about 90 to 120 cm tall (3 to 4 feet) in height with a similar spread. Like other members of the genus, it has a very deep taproot, which makes it quite difficult to move once planted. It thrives in full sun and requires water only in times of low rainfall. One slightly negative feature it that the leaves tend to drop early in the fall, but this may be avoided by cutting the dead stems as they die back. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8.[4] It is commonly employed as a border plant in gardens.[5]

It almost seems like Legume plants drop their leaves early so that other things might thrive beneath them…

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