Amorpha fruticosa

false indigo-bush, bastard-indigo

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-12 ft    Width: 6-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      blue,purple
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, fall color


Recommended Uses: Multistemmed shrub that can form small thickets. Plant as a screen, hedge, or background plant.
Considerations: Can become aggressive in some habitats.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Larval host for southern dogface (Zerene cesonia), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus).
Native Habitats: moist hammocks, dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: