Scarlet Pea, Texas Indigo
Indigofera miniata

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indigofera (in-dee-GO-fer-uh) (Info)
Species: miniata (min-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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:

Austin, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 26, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another common name for this deciduous native plant is butterfly shoestring-pea. It is a prostrate (.3 to 1.0 feet) legume with trailing, spreading stems that arise from from a woody base and a large tuberous root. The stems run mostly along the ground and are between 4 and 30 inches long. It usually forms a mat of vegetation and sometimes forms colonies. The soft, small leaves are divided into 5-9 leaflets and are covered with very fine hairs. The pea-shaped, 3/4 inch, deep pink to pale scarlet blooms occur from April through September in clusters with the blooms forming a rough circle. Forming from July through Septmber, the approximately 1.5 inch long seedpods are straight or somewhat angled. The seed germination rate is low as well as rate of establishment through cuttings and rate of ... read more