Dark sturdy spikes are covered by smokey purple pea-like blossoms with a darker purple eye in mid spring. Purple Smoke Baptisia can produce up to 50 of the sturdy 4'+ flowering stems once mature. An accidental hybrid of our native Baptisia alba and B. australis this beauty seems to have garnered the best of both worlds. Baptisias are naturally durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. They make an excellent addition to the perennial or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable, and easy.
Baptisia's only get better with age producing more and more spikes of flowers successively each year that they are allowed to share our gardens. Baptisias resent being transplanted once established and eventually develop an extensive taproot from which to regrow each spring.
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Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Soil & Moisture: Moderately moist to dry, well-drained soils. Tolerant of poor soils.
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Origin: US Gardens - North Carolina Botanic Gardens, introduced by Niche Gardens in 1996
This plant may be toxic to humans and/or animals, click here for details
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Plant parts may be toxic if ingested.
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