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Amorpha fruticosa , Desert False Indigo

Amorpha fruticosa

Desert False Indigo
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: North America
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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

Desert Indigo is great for a butterfly garden.



Amorpha fruticosa , Desert False Indigo
Amorpha fruticosa , Desert False Indigo


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Baptisia cinerea, Grayhairy Wild Indigo

Baptisia cinerea

Grayhairy Wild Indigo
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowers

Baptisia cinerea, Grayhairy Wild Indigo
Baptisia cinerea, Grayhairy Wild Indigo
Baptisia cinerea, Grayhairy Wild Indigo


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Indigofera gerardiana, Indigofera heterantha, Gerard's Indigo, Himalayan Indigo

Indigofera gerardiana, Indigofera heterantha

Gerard's Indigo, Himalayan Indigo
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Indigofera gerardiana has panicles of purple-pink flowers and delicate grayish-green foliage. Good for summer flowering as it blooms for several weeks in summer and continues into the fall.



Indigofera gerardiana, Indigofera heterantha, Gerard's Indigo, Himalayan Indigo
Indigofera gerardiana, Indigofera heterantha, Gerard's Indigo, Himalayan Indigo
Indigofera gerardiana, Indigofera heterantha, Gerard's Indigo, Himalayan Indigo


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Indigofera spicata, Creeping Indigo, Trailing Indigo

Indigofera spicata

Creeping Indigo, Trailing Indigo
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowers

A short-lived herbaceous plant with creeping or scrambling stems. Its alternately arranged leaves are once-compound with 5-11 leaflets these oblong leaflets have hairless or sparsely hairy upper surfaces and densely hairy undersides. Its small pink or pinkish-orange pea-shaped flowers are arranged in elongated clusters.

I. spicata is native to Africa, Madagascar and throughout South and Southeast Asia, and was introduced to the Americas in tropical areas. It effectively controls soil erosion, even under heavy rainfall on slopes, hills and undulating land.

This plant contains indospicine and is notably toxic to many grazing animals.



Indigofera spicata, Creeping Indigo, Trailing Indigo


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Indigofera suffruticosa, Upright Indigo

Indigofera suffruticosa

Upright Indigo
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Tropical America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadePink flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Indigofera suffruticosa, Upright Indigo
Indigofera suffruticosa, Upright Indigo
Indigofera suffruticosa, Upright Indigo


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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.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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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Salvia x 'Indigo Spires', Indigo Spires Salvia

Salvia x 'Indigo Spires'

Indigo Spires Salvia
Family: Lamiaceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Long spikes of deep indigo blue, tubular flowers are borne continuously from spring to frost on this vigorous perennial Salvia.





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Strobilanthes flaccidifolius, Strobilanthes cusia, Assam Indigo, Chinese Rain Bell, Pink Strobilanthes, Vein Leaf Acanthus

Strobilanthes flaccidifolius, Strobilanthes cusia

Assam Indigo, Chinese Rain Bell, Pink Strobilanthes, Vein Leaf Acanthus
Family: Acanthaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Impressively statured herbaceous shrub with thickened veins and bright pink flowers. Very showy and useful plant. The leaves contain 0.4 - 1.3% indican, which can be hydrolyzed and oxidized to produce the classic Blue Indigo Dye. A dark Blue dye is obtained from the twigs. It is combined with Turmeric (Curcuma longa) to make Green, and with Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) to make Purple. The source of famous dye Assam Indigo, it was formerly cultivated on quite a large scale as a dye plant in China and India. Fresh juice from the leaves is used on Okinawa Island, Japan as a popular remedy for athlete's foot.

See Article about this plant: Strobilanthes, Chinese Rain Bell - a source of Blue, Green, and Purple.





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Strobilanthes flaccidifolius - Chinese Rain Bell

Pink Strobilanthes, Chinese Rain Bell, Vein Leaf Acanthus. Impressively statured herbaceous shrub with thickened veins and bright pink flowers. Very showy plant. relatively cold tolerant.
See article about this plant: Strobilanthes, Chinese Rain Bell - a source of Blue, Green, and Purple.

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Randia aculeata, White Indigoberry

Randia aculeata

White Indigoberry
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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, hummingbirdsThorny or spinySeaside, salt tolerant plant

Randia aculeata is six to 10 feet tall, evergreen, with spiny, leathery leaves that cluster near the tips of the branches. They are simple, two-inch leaves, no teeth, circular, veins are pinnate, read spreading out from a central vein. The leaves and stiff horizontal branching habit give the shrub a kind of geometric look. Small white tubular flowers are produced axillarily, that is where the leaf or branch stems meet the main stem. They are fragrant and occur all year. Spread by birds, the seeds of Randia aculeata sprout throughout its range of South Florida, and much of Tropical America. They ripen from green to white and are filled with a blue pulp.



Randia aculeata, White Indigoberry
Randia aculeata, White Indigoberry


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Datura discolor, Desert Thorn Apple, Devil's Apple

Datura discolor

Desert Thorn Apple, Devil's Apple
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantPoisonous or toxic

Pleasantly fragrant, six inch white flowers flushed purple or indigo in the throat.

Datura discolor is similar to Datura stramonium

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Pleasantly fragrant, six inch white flowers flushed purple or indigo in the throat. Good for containers.
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