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Indigofera heterantha

Indigofera heterantha
indigo shrub
Common name indigo shrub
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers purple
Size up to 6 ft
Seed ripenslate October

Early summer-fall blooms. See the entry for I. amblyantha for distinguishing characteristics. Since the photo above right (of a specimen growing in a pot) shows a leaf with 21 leaflets, I figure this is really heterantha. The other photo shows how the leaves take on a glistening appearance when laden with dew in the morning sun. This specimen has been growing, for reasons I don't remember, in our vegetable garden, where the high-fertility conditions have spurred it to grow lusher than anywhere else.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (50%G, 3d-6w)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 70F (18%G, 6d)

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