Purple Smoke Baptisia False Indigo Plant

Purple Smoke Baptisia False Indigo Plant

Laughs at drought, heat, humidity, cold, and poor soil!


1-Quart
Item # 48388
Ships in Spring at the proper planting time for your zone. View schedule.
$12.95
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Such exotic color from a fuss-free native plant! You will love the gentle, cooling gray-and-purple bloomspikes in spring, and appreciate the rich blue-green foliage for months afterwards. Baptisia is famously adaptable, and 'Purple Smoke' goes well beyond the species, both in beauty and garden performance.

From mid- to late spring, this 4-foot-tall, 3 1/2-foot-wide plant is topped by dozens of long, greenish-black bloomspikes, each bearing masses of dusty purple blooms. Pointing straight up and swaying in the breeze, they have an airy, ethereal look, like columns of violet smoke, offset by striking near-black stalks.

'Purple Smoke' is superbly tolerant of every adversity from drought to heat, humidity, cold, and poor soil. The one condition it doesn't like is transplanting, so we have grown our plants in containers to minimize transplant shock.

To show off the blooms, situate 'Purple Smoke' in front of a wall of tall conifers. It also makes a fine backdrop to spring-flowering bulbs and to fragrant, low-growing perennials. Zones 3-9.

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?

Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).