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Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’

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Summary

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ is one of the oldest hybrid cultivars of false indigo, and it still remains one of the best for the home garden. Its charcoal-gray stems are beautiful when emerging from the soil and the gray color persists through flowering, creating a fine complement to the pale lavender flowers. A unique feature of ‘Purple Smoke’ is its miniaturized leaves that give the foliage a fine textured look. These small leaves are inherited from one of its parents, the dwarf-sized Baptisia australis var. aberrans. However, the habit of ‘Purple Smoke’ is slightly larger, yet still compact, at 36”h x 48”w.


Details

  • Rating
    4.7 
  • Common Name
    Purple Smoke false indigo  
  • Bloom Period
    3 weeks 
  • Peak Bloom
    late May 
  • Size
    42” x 68” (H x W) 
  • Inflorescence Length
    17" 
  • # of Inflorescences
    150 
  • Size at Flowering
    36” x 48” x 46” (H x W x Flowering Hgt.) 
  • Stem Color
    Gray