Sold Out
Purple Smoke Baptisia False Indigo Plant

Purple Smoke Baptisia False Indigo Plant

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'


1-Quart
Item # 48388

Sold Out

Such exotic color from a fuss-free native plant! You will love the gentle, cooling gray-and-purple bloomspikes in spring, and appreciate the rich blue-green foliage for months afterwards. Baptisia is famously adaptable, and 'Purple Smoke' goes well beyond the species, both in beauty and garden performance.

From mid- to late spring, this 4-foot-tall, 3 1/2-foot-wide plant is topped by dozens of long, greenish-black bloomspikes, each bearing masses of dusty purple blooms. Pointing straight up and swaying in the breeze, they have an airy, ethereal look, like columns of violet smoke, offset by striking near-black stalks.

'Purple Smoke' is superbly tolerant of every adversity from drought to heat, humidity, cold, and poor soil. The one condition it doesn't like is transplanting, so we have grown our plants in containers to minimize transplant shock.

To show off the blooms, situate 'Purple Smoke' in front of a wall of tall conifers. It also makes a fine backdrop to spring-flowering bulbs and to fragrant, low-growing perennials. Zones 3-9.