Baptisia x 'Purple Smoke' has spikes of powdery purple, pea-like flowers in mid to late spring on charcoal gray stems with leathery blue-green foliage. It forms attractive black seed pods in the fall and winter. Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' has an attractive vase-shaped form.
Baptisia is a genus that is native to North America, its range depending on the particular species. Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a hybrid of B. alba and B. australis.
Baptisia, also referred to as Wild or False Indigo, is easily grown in low fertility soil, including clay and dry soil. It prefers full sun. Its root system resents disturbance once established. Very drought tolerant.