Indigo - False (Amorpha fruticosa)
False Indigo has small, uniform leaves that meaure out from the stem, airily filling out the top third of the plant. In summer, tiny aubergine-colored flowers open from tall spires, sending bright yellow and orange stamens from individual blossoms and dusting the spikes with golden pollen. An adaptable plant, Amorpha fruticosa is often found at the water's edge and tolerates dry spells as well as occasional flooding. It prefers sunny locations, but appreciates partial shade, particularly if the soil is on the dry side. Depending on the site, plants can grow up to 12 feet tall and will often spread by self seeding and suckers.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - up to 12 feet
Bloom Time - June, July, August
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.