Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a distinctive perennial that produces enchanting smoky violet flowers with a purple eye on strongly upright, charcoal-grey stems up to 1 1/2 feet long. They are held just above the dense, bushy mounds of gray-green foliage from mid to late spring. Mature plants of 3-4 years can bear over 50 blooming stalks!
Baptisia grows best in full sun, though it tolerates light shade. If grown in too much shade, plants may require staking. Baptisia is easily grown in poor to average soil that is well-drained. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant because of its tough, deep taproot. This perennial native may take a couple of seasons to become established, but is very long-lived once mature. Avoid disturbing established clumps.
Foxglove-Yellow (Digitalis grandiflora), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Lupine (Lupinus ), Peony-Garden (Paeonia ), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Sundrop-Ozark (Oenothera missouriensis)
Mid to late spring
Full sun to part shade
Early to mid winter
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