False Indigo

Amorpha fruticosa

Deciduous native loose and airy shrub that often forms dense thickets; fragrant flowers. Common names include Indigo Bush, False Indigo Bush, False Indigo, Desert False Indigo

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Throughout the US and parts of Canada
Family: Pea Family
Size: 6′ – 12′
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Tolerant of calcium carbonate soils, can handle moist soils
Temperature: Cold tolerant
Pruning:
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Can grow in boggy areas. Nectar plant. Provides bird nesting habitat. Host for Silver spotted skipper, Southern dogface, Gray hairstreak, Marine blue, Tortrix leaf roller moth, Pyralid moth
Notes: Can become leggy. The plant is said to contain alkaloids and be poisonous to livestock

Photo by Max Licher