Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) #21241 Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) #17890 Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) #17891
Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) #8970 Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) #8968
Common Name Desert False Indigo, Bastard Indigo
Latin Name Amphora fruticosa
Family Fabaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 2, 3 28-45 /
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat California forests and chaparral 0 to 7,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Twice per month in summer
Exposure  
Height X Width Maximum 10 X 10 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Bright green, deciduous
Flowers Small purple flowers on 3 inch spike, fragrance of guava, pineapple, lavender
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases Butterflies
Landscape uses Background, erosion control, foliage accent, low maintenance, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Butterfly, Fragrance, Mountain
Nature Value Nectar for hummingbirds and bees, nesting, seeds eaten by birds, larval plant for California Dogface butterfly
Native American Uses Seeds ground into flour
Links  
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AMFR
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Amorpha_fruticosa.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorpha_fruticosa
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=316
    Images and data http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_a081.html
    Documentary of Dogface butterfly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPGrmBESSTU
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/amorpha-fruticosa
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Amorpha%20fruticosa
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AMFR
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