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Marcus, Joseph A.
Indigofera miniata Ortega
Coastal indigo, Scarlet Pea, Texas Indigo, Western indigo
USDA Symbol: inmi
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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 0787
Collected Apr 27, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0228
Collected June 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0065
Collected May 19, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff