false indigo ‘Purple Smoke’

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ (false indigo ‘Purple Smoke’) has a good drought tolerance and prefers somewhat acidic soils. It takes about 3 years to establish once planted.

There are about 20 members of the genus Baptisia amd they primarily grow in grasslands and dry woodlands throughout Eastern United States. The ‘Purple Smoke’ cultivar was found in the early 1990s at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Botanical Name Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
Common Name false indigo ‘Purple Smoke’
Family Fabaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest all seasons
Height and Spread 3-4ft x 3-4ft (90-120cm x 90-120cm)
Flower Color Dusky Purple-Blue
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Cultivated Form of a Native Plant. May be a hybrid between B. australis (New York to Nebraska to Georgia) and B. alba (Virginia to Tennessee, south to Florida)
Location in Lurie Garden Northwest Light Plate, Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate​


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