Amorpha fructicosa

False Indigo

Plant family: Fabaceae - Pea


Plant type: Shrub, Slope Stabilizer

Plant origin: N/A, California

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Flower Color Blue, Purple
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 5-15 feet
Spread 5-10 feet
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Coastal Sage Scrub, Freshwater Wetlands, Riparian

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Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable, Riverbed Silt

Special Characteristic

Autumn Foliage, Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Slope Stabilizer

Plant Highlights

This medium sized shrub has attractive purple blooms and is excellent for erosion control/soil stabilization. it typically grows along stream banks and prefers moist but not permanently wet situations. Its many flowers are small, purple to dark blue with yellow stamen that extend beyond the foliage in spike-like clusters several inches long from April to June. Small 3/8 inch long fruit appear after flowering. False Indigo is winter deciduous. This plant attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators and is a larval host to the Southern Dogface Butterfly.

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