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Chinese Indigo

Indigofera kirilowii

Long, wisteria-like clusters of tiny lavender-pink flowers cascade from the tops of upright stems, providing a continuous summer show! Forms a small, slowly spreading shrub, making it ideal for mixed borders or foundation plantings. Effective as part of a naturalized planting or massed under large trees for an attractive and colorful ground cover. Semi-evergreen in warmer climates.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil are dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationin-dee-GO-fer-uh kir-ih-LOV-ee-eye
LoreA related species, Indigofera tinctoria, was the traditional source of indigo, the classic rich violet dye, and hence lent its name to the genus.
Average Size at MaturityGrows to 2 to 3 ft. tall, slowly spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide by rhizomes.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Garden StyleRustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil are dry.

Adaptable to many soil types, provided it is well drained. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Fairly tolerant of drought, once established. In mild winter areas, prune to shape in late winter. In colder zones, cut stems close to the ground before new growth appears in early spring. Blooms on new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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