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PlantFiles: Chinese Indigo
Indigofera decora

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indigofera (in-dee-GO-fer-uh) (Info)
Species: decora (DEK-or-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Indigofera incarnata

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ray94553 On Sep 6, 2009, ray94553 from Benicia, CA wrote:

We grew this plant just south of here in Martinez CA and here in Benicia. In both locations it has been hardy and non invasive 3 to 4 foot bush with flowers spring through fall.

Positive afr On Mar 28, 2006, afr from Dallas, TX wrote:

Chinese indigo was planted in a new area in our landscape in June or July of last year, so it spent the season getting established. We did have some flowers, but I expect more this year now that the plants are fully rooted.

The plants froze to the ground in the winter, but now (late March) there are numerous new shoots emerging from the base of the plant and from the roots. I have cut away the dead tops of the plant.

Positive shirleyt On Aug 25, 2005, shirleyt from Pearl River, LA wrote:

I planted this new to me plant last year under the pines in a very shady area of the yard....I love it so far...It does put root runners and pop up a new plant but it is so pretty with its pink flowers. and it has bushed out nicely... so far I don't mind...Will I be sorry later on....who knows ....friends want the babies...MM

Neutral DaisyJen On May 19, 2004, DaisyJen from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow this in Pensacola, Florida under the shade of a Dogwood Tree. I think the foliage and flowers are very nice, but it can be invasive. It grows in acid soil. I would recommend that you plant this where you have plenty of room for it to run underground.

Positive claire648 On May 18, 2004, claire648 from Auburn, AL wrote:

I garden in Auburn, Alabama. We're on the edge of Zones 8-9, and I've planted Chinese indigo under an oak tree in fairly dry soil. It blooms faithfully, grows well, and looks good throughout the growing season. It does beautifully, but I imagine that if it got more water, it could get a bit out of control.

Positive MaryinLa On Apr 17, 2004, MaryinLa from Marshfield, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Can be semi-invasive, but easily controlled, spreads by underground runners.


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

Benicia, California
San Leandro, California
Tallahassee, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Evans, Georgia
Fayetteville, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Kenner, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Montclair, New Jersey
West End, North Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
New Caney, Texas

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