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Indigofera tinctoria, True indigo, Chinese Indigo, Ezo-Yama-Hagi

Indigofera tinctoria

True indigo, Chinese Indigo, Ezo-Yama-Hagi
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Korea and China
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Dense, suckering shrub, pea-like flowers which bloom heavily in June and July and sometimes continue intermittently to September. Needs long growing season. Blooms on new growth. Used for many years to produce indigo dyes. Ancient dyeplant known for the clarity and fastness of the blue produced. Leaves contain indican which must be oxidized by fermentation to produce the dye. Fresh herbage (strongest when in flower) is steeped in water for 12-48 hours with frequent stirring. A blue sediment will form which is the dye.

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