In my zone, this is a die-back shrub - it returns from the roots, or the bottom of its woody stalks, late every spring. It then grows rapidly into a nice bush with dense compound foliage, covered in flowers in summer, and tiny bean pods in fall.
perennial shrub (Z6-10)
||pink-purple, late summer
||full sun-part shade
||ordinary garden soil
||germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late November|
I've started both this and I. heterantha from seed, and have somewhat lost track of which is which. According to my encyclopedia, amblyantha has 7-11 leaflets, whereas heterantha has as many as 21. Its foliage should be a brighter shade of green, its flowers somewhat smaller (1/4" instead of 1/2"). According to a gardening e-friend, the specimen at Chanticleer Garden blooms from spring to fall, but ours don't start till well into summer. For what it's worth, what I consider to be amblyantha has seed pods generally smaller in length and girth than heterantha. The latter bloomed in its first year from seed, tthe former did not.
|Dark purple pods ripen in late fall |
|As many as 25 leaflets on our main specimen, which casts some doubt on its identification |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Charlie Loflin||Sep 28, 2005||I don't know much about Indigofera Amblyantha and have been trying to search for a full picture of the plant. I purchased one at the Home Depot because of its continuous bloom. It would be nice if you could put a picture of the whole tree. Thank you.|
For me, this is a die-back shrub rather than a tree - but it still gets nice and big by the end of the season. I didn't have an opportunity to take a good overall photo this year, but I'll try to do so next season.
|M Cyman||Jun 03, 2006||I bought 2 of these. Had an addition put on the house so the gutters were removed over one. It nearly drowned! Now the leaves are sparce and it is almost bare....I moved it to a less wet location but don't know if I should cut it back or leave it alone......any ideas of how to salvage it?|
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 70-75F (8%G, 7-13d)
- Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 70F (30%G, 3-6d)
- Seed from '08 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 70F (25%G, 4d)
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