In a bit of a shocker, the Perennial Plant Association has picked Baptista australis as the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year. More commonly known as Blue false indigo, it stood out to the selection committee because it "grows across a wide range of zones and is one of the most adaptable native species."
Having picked the violet colored Geranium 'Rozanne' in 2008 and a grass in 2009, fans of yellows and reds were hoping this might be their year to return to the spotlight. Instead they'll have have to relish the glory days of the Lenten Rose in 2005 and just hope for a brighter future. Maybe yarrow can still have its day soon, but right now indigo gets to hog the attention.