Baptisia is normally known as a full sun plant, but I have success growing it in partial shade. It can take a long time to establish itself. I planted this one probably 5 years ago, and it wasn't until 2 years ago that it actually started to bloom. Once established it's very hardy. It comes in a variety of colors: blue, yellow, purple, and dark maroon. It blooms in late spring, and then flowers turn into interesting seed pods. Place this plant at the back of the border with some space.