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Amorpha herbacea

Dwarf Indigo Bush, Clusterspike False Indigo

Scientific Name:

Amorpha herbacea

Genus:

Amorpha

Species Epithet:

herbacea

Common Name:

Dwarf Indigo Bush, Clusterspike False Indigo

Plant Type

Shrub

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine flatwoods and sandy river terraces

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Larval host for silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) and southern dogface (Zerene cesonia) butterflies. Attract pollinators, especially native bees.

Dwarf Indigo Bush

Dwarf Indigo Bush grows in pine savannas and flatwoods, sandhills, open forests and disturbed sites.

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Paynter, Wilmington, April 22, 2012

Flower

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Leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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