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PlantFiles: Creeping Indigo
Indigofera campestris

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indigofera (in-dee-GO-fer-uh) (Info)
Species: campestris (kam-PES-triss) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Mar 26, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is surprisingly a not well known plant, eve though itīs constantly present on tropical gardens. A creeping species of the Indigo genus (the plant that produces the blue colourant, formerly used to colour jeans), it self sows freely, grows fast, and can even become invasive, but is also a great ground cover.

The stem grows horizontally, but can reach up to 20cm high. It has pinate leaves, with 5 pairs of leaflets each, dark green on the upper page and pale green on the lower. From the leaf axil, there comes an upright floral spike that can reach up to 15 centimeters tall, bearing lots of small red, or reddish-pink flowers that will keep showing up all the year.

It requires high temperatures, fertile soil, regular watering and full sun.

The foliage is beautiful, and the flowers are cute. If you need a fast groundcover and doesnīt want a monotonous and colorless grass, this is the plant.

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