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False Indigo Bush

Amorpha fruticosa

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
8 × 8
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-July
Flower Color Lavender
Minimum Temperature Range -25 °F
Leaf Description Long compound leaves with many leaflets. The leaflets are about 1.5 inches long in a mature leaf.
Fruit Pods
Longevity
In years
20
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Elevation Range 2000-6000 ft.
Ethnobotany Stems used for bedding material, for arrows, and as a way to cover the ground to keep meat clean while butchering.
Description Amorpha fruticosa is often found in wet, shady canyon habitats. This plant would make sense for a garden with established tree cover and outlets for greywater. Like many legumes this species can add nitrogen to the soil and is a larval source for several species of butterflies.