Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

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Binomial

Amorpha fruticosa
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Indigo bush is a mid-size shrub with fragrant flowers. Bright orange anthers contrast with the indigo-colored, tubular petals. The plants contains small quantities of indigo pigments, which explains where the common name comes from.
It's a good plant for wildlife. The flowers attract a variety of bees looking for nectar and pollen. It is a caterpillar host plant for the silver-spotted skipper, southern dogface, black-spotted prominent, and the common tan wave. Quail use the seeds as a food source, while red-winged blackbirds may use the plant for nesting.
It is native to much of the United States, including Missouri, and can often be found on stream banks. However, it is not native to New England or the Pacific Northwest. In these areas, it is often listed as an invasive exotic that displaces other plants in sensitive riparian areas.
Uses: Rain garden, butterflies, bees, wind break, erosion control, poor soil
Bloom time: May & June
Height: 6 to 10 feet
Space: 5 to 8 feet
Light: Sun to light shade
Moisture: Average to moist

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