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Amorpha fruticosa

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A lovely, deciduous plant with indigo flowers from the Southern US brought to the UK in 1724. Pinnate (feather-like) bright green leaves in spring/summer gain yellow tints in a good, crisp autumn.

In midsummer, it has slender racemes of pretty deep purple-blue, nearly black flowers with golden stamen popular with insects and butterflies. An attractive, unusual shrub, ideal for a sunny border!

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 50 cm tall)

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Amorpha fruticosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Amorpha fruticosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any well drained, fertile soil. Amorpha fruticosa will tolerate nutritionally poor soils well.
Hardiness: Very hardy. This plant is quite tolerant of windy conditions.
Flowering Period: July.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Amorpha fruticosa grows to be a large branching shrub with an open, rounded habit if left unpruned.
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Note: Amorpha fruticosa can be pruned back hard if necessary to tidy or reduce the end size.

Plant Finder: about Amorpha fruticosa

Common names

Bastard Indigo, False Indigo


Amorpha fruticosa (Bastard Indigo). Amorpha fruticosa has feathery, compound leaves and spires of purple, fragrant flowers with golden stamens, which are attractive to butterflies. As a member of the Papilionaceae family, this plant can improve poor soils by fixing nitrogen.


Prefers well-drained soil. Can tolerate poor soils and windy conditions.

Interest and use

Fragrance, wildlife, flowers

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Poor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist, Dry or Moist

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