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Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'
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Plant Type: Perennials

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!

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.

Flower Color

Purple-blue

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

3-4 ft.

Good Companions

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)

Plant Height

5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-9

Soil Moisture

Average water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Dried flower, Cut flower, Specimen, Border

Bloom Time

Mid to late spring

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Slow

Seasonal Interests

Early to mid winter