Hybrid Wild Indigo

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' Fabaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Biocultural value

The species of this Native American perennial was used by indigenous people to purge the bowels. The roots brewed into a tea induce vomiting and are a strong laxative.


Houston and Grossman Ponds, Robison Herb Garden, Mullestein Winter Garden

Source of plant

Big Dipper Farm, Garden Crossings, North Creek Nurseries, Klyn Nurseries, Plant Delights


Plants are exceptionally vigorous with charcoal-green stems when mature; flowers are dusky purple, very large, held in lupine-like flower spikes.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

flower color, medicinal/pharmaceutical