Amorpha fruticosa

indigo bush - Amorpha fruticosa 11AU06
indigo bush - Amorpha fruticosa 11JN26

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characteristics

Sprawling shrub with grey-green foliage. Under side of leaves are silvery white. Very aromatic dark purple flowers with bright orange pistils.

Slow growing.

77,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed, bare root, cuttings. Requires three or four years before planting out.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
D W 3.0 3.0 S/PS sandy M X 5.0-8.5 green-silver yellow-light purple

habitat

Prefers sandy soil; will grow in well-drained clay soils. Likes slopes.

uses

A favourite of jackrabbits in the spring (be sure to cover it when small).

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