The Q&A Archives: Purple Smoke or False Indigo.

Question: Need name of flower or shrub called purple smoke or false indigo.

Answer: "Purple Smoke" is a named variety of Baptisia. It is generally listed as a perennial rather than a shrub even though it is quite large -- and its purplish flowers are very pretty! The more frequently seen Baptisia australis is often called false or wild indigo, probably because its flowers are a lovely true blue close to the color of indigo.

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