Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'

'Purple Smoke' False Indigo

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'Purple Smoke' False Indigo is an upright perennial native with clover-like grey-green foliage on charcoal stems.  The slightly arching raceme sporting smokey lavender flowers extend well above the foliage in mid-spring.  The blooms give way to large seedpods that blacken when ripe, providing ornamental interest.  'Purple Smoke' is a tough, drought-tolerant plant that grows best with acidic well-drained soils.  Its abundant flowers are excellent pollination and butterfly attractors.  

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3’ - 4.5’

Spread: 

3’ - 4’

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4  -9 

Culture: 

Full Sun, Part Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

Spring

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:   Low maintenance plant. Prefers acidic soils but can grow in neutral or alkaline soils.  Can take poor or rocky soils and is drought tolerant but soils must drain well. Gains a more shrub-like appearance after established if not pruned. Plants may grow taller in shade, which may require staking.  If need to trim back do so after bloom.  

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized AreasNative Gardens, Foundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Coneflower,  Bee Balm, Meadow Sage

 

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