Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Indigo Bush

Amorpha fruticosa
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment:
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Blue, Purple
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Amorpha fruticosa by Mervin Wallace
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects, Songbirds
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Cover, Food (Birds)
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

6 to
10
feet

Spread:

5 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
10
feet
Spread: 5 to
8
feet
Size
Height: 6 to
10
feet
Spread: 5 to
8
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A medium-sized shrub for landscaping, wildlife seed, and cover. Host to silver spotted skippers.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

A hardy shrub with distinct fern-like foliage resembling that of many of its relatives in the legume (pea) family. Indigo flowers form in May and June.

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