Indigofera lindheimeriana Scheele
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: INLI
This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Notes: 5 feet.
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Conditions Comments: A shrubby plant found on alluvial soils and limestone gravels along streams in the Texas Hill Country. The soft gray foliage has a fine texture that mixes nicely with dark greens or boldly textured plants. Perfect choice for a small shrub near a pond.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Reakerts blue, Grey hairstreak, Dogface
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1055 Collected Jun 11, 1995 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MLE-6 Collected 2009-09-01 in Terrell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Indigofera lindheimeriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Indigofera lindheimeriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Indigofera lindheimeriana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-07-30
Research By: TWC Staff