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Indigofera species - Plant

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Species of Indigofera are mostly shrubs, though some are small trees or annual or perennial herbs. Most have pinnate leaves. Racemes of flowers grow in the leaf axils.
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Description for Indigofera species

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates alkaline soils and some drought. Intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South. Plants may suffer some tip damage or die to the ground in harsh winters but should come back nicely.

It is a dense, suckering shrub or subshrub Features dense, axillary racemes of pink, pea-like flowers which bloom heavily in June and July and sometimes continue intermittently to September. Compound pinnate leaves (each with 7 to 11 rounded leaflets) are bright green.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
IndigoPinkish WhiteJune to July2 to 3 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

Prepare a garden bed by mixing sandy, loamy soil mix into the topsoil of the garden. Indigo plants thrives in slightly alkaline soil but can also tolerate neutral or slightly acidic soils. Soil must be well-drained.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full sunWell-drained soilMedium70 to 80 degrees FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Indigofera species

  • Plant indigo plants 4 to 5 feet apart in the early evening and water the soil until thoroughly moist.
  • Water once each day for the first two weeks until the plants become established.
  • Do not fertilize indigo plants. As a legume, indigo plants can absorb nitrogen from the air and grow well in nutrient-deficient soil.

Typical uses of Indigofera species

Special features: Mixed borders or foundation plantings. Also effective as part of a naturalized planting.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: Unverified information- In Brazil, West Indian Indigo is one of the reputed remedies for snake bites, and in the United States it is often applied to the stings of bees and other insects. In Mexico, the leaves as a cataplasm or in decoction are applied to the forehead of children with fever and to any painful area. The seeds in powder form are a cure for ulcers.

References

  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-indigofera-tinctoria-74599.html
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d530
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Indigofera+species&stpos=0&stype=AND

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