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 Native Plant Database

Indigofera miniata

Scarlet Pea, Coastal indigo, Texas Indigo, Western indigo

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Indigofera miniata (Scarlet pea)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KS , LA , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Abundant in open areas of the eastern two thirds of Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, caliche.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Conditions Comments: Scarlet pea is not a constant bloomer, but when it does the flowers are impressive! The flowers are a striking salmon pink. Being a low growing, trailing plant, it works nicely tucked among short vegetation such as Hairy tridens.


Use Wildlife: Relished by deer and grazed by livestock.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Grey Hairstreak, Common Dogface, Reakirts Blue
Deer Resistant: No

Last Update: 2013-07-15