Plant Profile

Plant Profile

Amorpha fruticosa
false indigo

  • amorphafruit

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Amorpha furticosa- This has a real wide growing range across the county into Canada and Mexico. In California most of it grows in San Diego and Riverside County in semi-shaded north facing areas. Very dark purple flowers in late spring into summer. Excellent nectar plant for butterflies and bees. The leaves are one of the larva plants for the dogface butterfly caterpillars. How the butterflies find them, I don’t know but they do.

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Plant Facts & Observations

Identification

Botanical Name

Amorpha fruticosa

Common Name

false indigo

Origin

California Native

Characteristics

Plant Type

Shrub

Growth Rate

Fast growth rate

Mature Size

5' tall × 5' wide

Flower Color

Purple

Blooming Season

Flowers Spring / Summer

Foliage

Semi-deciduous

Wildlife Value

Bees, Butterflies

Climactic Requirements

Light

Filtered Sun / Part Shade / Full sun on coast / afternoon shade inland

Water

Drought Tolerant / Occasional
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