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Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii (Fremont indigo bush)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii

Psorothamnus fremontii (Torr. ex A. Gray) Barneby var. fremontii

Fremont indigo bush, Fremont's dalea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Dalea fremontii, Dalea fremontii var. johnsonii

USDA Symbol: psfrf

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Fremont indigo bush is an intricately branched, 2-6 ft. shrub with pinnate leaves, whitish stems, and dark purple-blue, pea-like flowers.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Inyo Co., CA to n.w. AZ & s. UT
Native Habitat: Desert shrub communities; 2500-4500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Seed Collection: Collect the pods when they are beginning to dry. Separate seeds from pods before sowing or storage. Fumigate seeds before storage.
Seed Treatment: Seeds require no pretreatment for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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