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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)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Port Arthur, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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...


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.


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".