This beautiful, vibrant green shrub with purple flowers fixes nitrogen and is excellent for pollinators.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2 feet
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Season: May – July
Suggested Uses: Fragrant False Indigo has a strong, spreading root system that makes it an excellent low-growing shrub for shoreline restoration, especially on an upland sunny slope! It closely resembles lead plant but is slightly smaller and has bright green leaves instead of grey or dusty purple, fuzzy leaves. Great for cut flower arrangements.
Native Range: U.S. Central U.S. and Canada but most common in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Minnesota: native to the western half of the state.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. Host plant for Silver Spotted Skipper butterfly.
Flowers: This shrub has showy purple pea-like flowers with contrasting orange-yellow anthers.
Leaves: Compound with 6-15 oval leaflets per leaf. Bright green instead of silver and fuzzy like Lead Plant.
Other Names: Dwarf False Indigo
More Information: USDA plant profile