Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (Purple Smoke Redneck Lupine)
Zone: 3a to 9b,
Height: 50" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a 1996 introduction, selected by the late NC Botanical Garden curator, Rob Gardner, from seedling at the garden. 'Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a cross of the North American native Baptisia minor var. aberrans (not Baptisia australis as is often printed) and a wandering Baptisia alba...obviously, some unsafe plant sex had taken place. The result is an extremely vigorous, deer-resistant baptisia with charcoal-green stems (when mature) and dozens of giant lupine-like flower heads of dusty purple. You will grow to love the outstanding Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' more each year as the clump matures...SUPERB!