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PlantFiles: Chinese Indigo
Indigofera kirilowii

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Indigofera (in-dee-GO-fer-uh) (Info)
Species: kirilowii (kir-ih-LOV-ee-eye) (Info)

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Tim_in_Iowa On Feb 26, 2013, Tim_in_Iowa from Underwood, IA wrote:

A nice, easy to grow plant that survived last year's drought with no watering. The only maintenance I perform is one mowing in early spring. The flowers are okay but nothing spectactular. The foliage always looks nice.

Neutral hymenocallis On Feb 25, 2013, hymenocallis from Auburn, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Almost all Indigofera spp. are somewhat invasive. I second the above statement to be careful with these plants.

Positive southwoods On Jun 23, 2010, southwoods from Chesterfield, NH wrote:

Have been growing what I think is this plant in my NH garden for ten years. Has died back to the ground once or twice, but comes back with a vengeance. I actually think I like the plant better with the flowers on the new growth; although, it is not as big and bushy, as indicated above. Blooms just as the foxglove are getting done, here. Impossible to believe a plant this spectacular is hardy here. Never, ever, had an invasiveness problem; maybe the runners don't survive in this climate. T'would be interesting to know if there are any selections out there...

Positive sterhill On Jan 28, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta, GA
You only need one of these! It will then produce all you could possibly want. It sends out runners with shallow roots which you can pull up and put somewhere else. I won't say it is invasive but you do have to pay attention or it will be. Very beautiful flowers all summer. I cut it back to the ground the first year after the winter die-back and then learned it will be bigger and bushier if you don't cut it back.

Positive rcn48 On Jan 27, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

A dense suckering shrub. Planted four years ago in our gardens in full sun, forms a lovely low mound and complements the Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' growing beside it.

From Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: "Have seen the variety used effectively as a ground cover".


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

Auburn, Alabama
Tampa, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Underwood, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
Springfield, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Chesterfield, New Hampshire
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Moyock, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Toledo, Ohio
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Bluffton, South Carolina
Chapin, South Carolina
Loudon, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee (2 reports)
Alice, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Hempstead, Texas
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia

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