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Marcus, Joseph A.
Indigofera miniata Ortega
Scarlet Pea, Coastal indigo, Texas Indigo, Western indigo
Synonym(s): Indigofera leptosepala, Indigofera miniata var. florida, Indigofera miniata var. leptosepala, Indigofera miniata var. miniata, Indigofera miniata var. texana
USDA Symbol: inmi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Habitat:
Abundant in open areas of the eastern two thirds of Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, caliche.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Relished by deer and grazed by livestock.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Grey Hairstreak, Common Dogface, Reakirts Blue
Deer Resistant: No
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed in late summer, fall when pods turn brown.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Blooms all summer. Cut back lightly to encourage blooms.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0065
Collected May 19, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0787
Collected Apr 27, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0228
Collected June 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Record Last Modified: 2013-07-15
Research By: TWC Staff