BAPTISIA AUSTRALIS 'PURPLE SMOKE'
A superb recent introduction from the North Carolina Botanical Garden, this lovely hybrid offers great potential as a specimen plant, when it will form a tall, bushy mound of grey-green foliage, with long spikes of fragrant, smoky violet-blue and purple flowers, held on black stems. It makes an excellent substitute for lupins in areas where they are difficult to grow. In addition it makes an excellent cut-flower, and is attractive to butterflies and also, once established it is very drought tolerant.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Packet Content:20 (Approx)