Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Amorpha nana Nutt.
Dwarf false indigo, Fragrant indigo-bush, Fragrant false indigo, Dwarf wild indigo
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Fragrant indigo-bush is a low-growing shrub,
1-3 ft. tall. Its finely textured, pinnately compound
foliage gives a cloud-like appearance. Dense, terminal racemes of purple, pea-like flowers with showy, orange anthers are showcased against the bright-green leaflets.
name, from the Greek amorphos (formless or deformed), alludes to the fact that the flower, with only a single petal
(the banner or standard), is unlike the typical pea flowers of the family.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
CO , IA , KS , MN , NE , NM , ND , OK , SD Canada: MB Native Distribution:
S. Man. to IA, w. to Sask. & NM Native Habitat:
Dry prairies; rocky hillsides USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes