Common Name: False Indigo

  • Habit: Shrub, Tree
  • Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs:  Wet, Moist
  • Height: 5-8′
  • Flower: Violet, Orange, Apr
  • Fruit: Legume pod containing one or two bean-like seeds.
  • Fall Color: No
  • Natural Habitat: Riverbanks, Moist Bottomland Thickets, Wet Prairies along Rivers/Creeks
  • Larval host for: Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus), Gray hairstreak, Hoary edge skipper, and Dog Face Butterflies.

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Amorpha nitens is a medium-sized shrub consisting of one or more arching, woody stems with sparse branches lined with shiny, dark green, pinnate leaves.  Elongated plumes of tiny, deep purple flowers with bright orange anthers bloom in late spring. Blooms are followed by small brown seed pods in late Summer.  Birds seem to love the seeds as they have eaten all the pods off of all the plants at Beech Hollow Farm in a single day much to the dismay of would-be seed collectors.  A member of the pea family with Nitrogen-fixing roots.

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