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'Purple Smoke' False Indigo

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' combines the best qualities of both its parents to produce a plant with beautiful, light purple flowers in spring and finely textured leaves that remain attractive throughout the growing season. Hardy in zones 5 through 9.


Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' light purple flowers opening in spring



Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)



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  • 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide
  • Rounded and shrub-like
  • Clump forming
  • How to Grow

  • Best in full sun
  • Easy, in well drained to moist soil
  • Once established, plants are drought tolerant and care free. Old stems can be cut down to the ground anytime during the winter.

    Where to plant

  • Flower beds
  • Meadows
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Bumble bees and other long-tongued bees
  • Larval host plant for:

  • Wild Indigo Dusky Wing
  • Frosted Elfin
  • Silver Spotted Skipper
  • In our garden False Indigo has proven to be very resistant to deer browsing. However, if deer pressure is high or food is scarce, damage may occur.

    Native habitat and range

    The parents of Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (Baptisia australis variety aberrans and Baptisia alba) grow in open habitats. They are both rare to uncommon in scattered locations throughout the southeastern United States.

    Source and origin

    Plants are grown from cuttings at our nursery. The original plant was discovered growing at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens growing in a block of Baptisia australis variety aberrans plants that are used by the garden for collecting seeds.


    To maintain its unique features, Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' plants must be propagated by cuttings. Cuttings taken in mid-spring root in 6 to 8 weeks.