Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'

false indigo

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Other features: the flowers are followed by dark grey seed-pods; mid- to deep green leaves
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A wonderful new hybrid from North Carolina Botanical Garden, it's greyish violet pea-like flowers form in long spikes that are supported by near-black stems. This false indigo is perfect for a well-drained border or a dry, sunny bank as it will become drought tolerant once well established. Resist the temptation to cut the plant back in autumn as the seed-pods and slender stems look wonderful frosted in the winter garden.

  • Garden care: Keep new plants well watered. Lift and divide large colonies in early spring.

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