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Plant Name:

False Indigo Bush

Scientific Name:

Amorpha fruticosa


False Indigo Bush is a deciduous shrub with pinnately compound leaves and spikes of purple or blue pea-like flowers. It has an upright, bushy growth habit.


Wet areas, stream banks, meadows, prairies, open woodlands


False Indigo Bush provides habitat and food for various butterfly species and other pollinators. The plant's foliage is a food source for certain moth caterpillars.

Growing Conditions:

False Indigo Bush prefers moist to wet soils and full sun to part shade


False Indigo Bush is often used in natural landscaping, erosion control, and wildlife gardens. The plant is also cultivated for its ornamental value.

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Fun Facts:

False Indigo Bush is also known as Desert False Indigo or Indigo Bush. The plant's flowers resemble those of true indigo plants. Native American tribes historically used the plant for medicinal purposes.

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Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

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