Please note: We cannot ship this plant to the State of Washington or Connecticut. It is classified as a quarantined, noxious weed in these states.
Soil: Hydric (Moist) to Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Height: 6-12 feet
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested uses: False Indigo is an excellent tall shrub for shoreline restoration and large rain garden projects. It is fast-growing and is an excellent choice for stabilizing eroding shorelines. Its pinnately-compound leaves give this plant a somewhat “tropical look” and has showy flowers. It is well-liked by bees and butterflies. It is a great pollinator plant. This plant does best in the Midwest, its native range. It is not advised to plant it outside of the Midwest (specifically the Pacific Northwest and New England) where it can be very aggressive.
Native Range: U.S.: Midwest. Minnesota: Native throughout except for the Northeast corner of the state.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. Important larval host plant for several butterflies including sulphurs, hairstreaks, blues, skippers, and the southern dogface. It is also a nectar source for adult butterflies.
Flowers: The 1/4-1/3″ flowers have only 1 petal, and 10 stamens. They bloom in tight spike-like clusters.
Leaves: The 4-12″ leaves are covered with short white hairs. They are divided into 13-25 leaflets in a feather-like arrangement.
More Info: Highly deer resistant
Other Names: Indigo Bush
More information: USDA plant profile