Indigo bush

FAMILY: Papillionaceae | GENUS: INDIGOFERA

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to northern China, Korea, Japan. Woody-stemmed plants with finely divided, almost ferny foliage and dense clusters of tiny, sweet peashaped flowers in spring and summer. Plants can be killed to the ground in a hard winter, but they recover quickly from the roots and bloom on new wood. Even in mild-winter areas, they are more compact and attractive when cut back hard in late dormant season. Provide good drainage. Very heat and drought tolerant. Nearly indestructible.

chinese indigo

indigofera decora

  • To 1212 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with arching branches.
  • Narrow, somewhat drooping blossom clusters to 8 inches long hold as many as 40 white blooms suffused with pink.
  • Spreads steadily by suckers to form a patch.
  • Makes good ground cover under trees.

himalayan indigo

indigofera heterantha

  • To 48 feet high and wide, with arching branches.
  • Purplish pink flowers in upright clusters 68 inches long.

kirilow indigo

indigofera kirilowii

  • To 2123 feet tall, 3 feet wide, with upright shoots and erect, 5 inches clusters of rose-pink flowers.
  • A.
  • k.
  • alba has white blooms.

indigofera 'Rose Carpet(Indigofera pseudotinctoria 'Rose Carpet')

  • Dense, low-growing plant to 1 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
  • Rose-pink blooms appear over a long period from mid- to late summer.

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