Baptisia x 'Purple Smoke' (Fabaceae)
A Niche Gardens/NC Botanical Garden 1996 Introduction. Charcoal-gray stems and gray-green foliage are topped with enchanting lupine-like flowers, smoky pale-purple with a splash of violet. Flowers begin opening low on the bloom spike and ascend to 4’. Thrives in lean well-drained soil in full sun — mature plants of 3-4 years bear a multitude of blooming stalks in springtime gardens. An exciting naturally-occurring hybrid of B. alba and B. australis that offers the best of both species. Found, watched over and nurtured by Rob Gardner, former curator of the NCBG.
Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: mid-spring
Container size: Qt.