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Pink-flower Indigo

Indigofera amblyantha

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indigofera (in-dee-GO-fer-uh) (Info)
Species: amblyantha (am-BLY-an-tha) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Dark/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Opelika, Alabama

East Haddam, Connecticut

Buford, Georgia

Clifford, Indiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sulphur, Louisiana

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Saint Louis, Missouri

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2 reports)

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Woodlawn, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Spring, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Nov 27, 2015, lfunnyfarm from Buford, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Chinese indigo will grow profusely in the Deep South and is very drought tolerant. It spreads by suckering, often moderately long distances (15 feet). The suckers are easy to remove because all roots are fairly shallow. I have contained my plants by sinking eight inch wide strips of tin roofing material into the ground.
I haven't noticed any plants outside of this range so I don't think it spreads by seed.



Positive

On May 6, 2010, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I've been growing this shrub in my vegetable garden for about four years now. It does not cast a deep shade since the foliage is so light. I love it because it blooms all season long starting in early May. It does have a tendency to get woody and leggy though so I pruned it for the first time this year. I find mine does better with some pruning because the blooms are more focused now. It requires no special attention other than this. It gets mostly sun but also some shade. The flowers are lovely.

Positive

On Mar 26, 2009, mocatmom from Driftwood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows successfully in semi to deep shade in the Austin, TX area. Lovely pink and white flowers off-and-on throughout the spring and summer. Tolerates dry conditions once established if grown in partial shade. Spreads through underground runners and is valuable for color in heavily shaded areas.

Positive

On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:

Constantly in bloom from june till frost with soft pink flowers!

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