Purple Smoke False Indigo

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'

Regular price $14.00

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ combines the best qualities of both its parents to produce a plant with beautiful, light purple flowers and finely textured leaves.

  • Tough and long lived
  • Thrives in poor soil
  • Deer resistant


  • 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide
  • Rounded and shrub-like
  • Clump forming
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, Purple Smoke False Indigo starts blooming at the end of April and continues for two to three weeks.

How to grow

Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. Plants tend to get floppy and bloom poorly when cultivated in too much shade.

Care and maintenance

Easy to care for, just cut down old stems to the ground anytime during the winter.

Where to plant

In formal and informal gardens where it provides durability and seasonal color.

When to plant

The best time is during the growing season when plants are producing new roots.

When will my plant flower?

Flowering-size plants that will bloom their first year if purchased before mid-April.

Native habitat and range

The parents of Baptisia Purple Smoke (B. australis variety aberrans and B. 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 in a block of Baptisia australis var. aberrans plants that are used by the garden for collecting seeds.

 State Cost per order
GA, MD, NC, SC, and VA $10.00
AL, CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VT, and WV $12.00
AR, FL, IA, LA, ME, MO, MS, NH, and WI $14.00
CO, KS, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $15.00


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA, due to agriculture restrictions.

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. Most orders ship at the start of the week. Depending on destination, orders placed after Tuesday may be shipped the following week.

Can I get my plants shipped at later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

Can I order over the phone?

Sorry, we're unable to take orders over the phone at this time.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.