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Indigofera heterantha

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A lovely and unusual shrub with colourful flowers from wild, dry, sunny slopes in the Himalayas, Afghanistan and W. China.

Indigofera heterantha has clusters of deep, purple-rose coloured, pea-like flowers throughout summer which stand out well against the pale green, pinnate leaves.

An elegant flowering shrub which is particularly beautiful when grown against a sunny wall or fence.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Indigofera heterantha | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Indigofera heterantha | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Indigofera heterantha | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Somewhat hardy. Indigofera heterantha can suffer from some die back following a very cold winter, however it usually recovers well in the following year.
Flowering Period: June - September.
Flower Colour: Deep rose-purple
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Medium sized, branching shrub.
Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft)

Notes: This plant was formerly known as Indigofera gerardiana. Please be aware that until established, Indigofera heterantha appear to be a little spindly and bare once they have lost their leaves in winter.

Plant Finder: about Indigofera heterantha

Common names

Indigo bush


Indigofera heterantha (Indigo bush). This is a deciduous slightly arching shrub; it will grow up to 3m in height and spread. The leaves are finely pinnate and grey-green. The flowers are dainty semi-upright spikes of purple-pink pea-shaped flowers.


In cold areas, hard frosts may cut plants to ground, but they usually re-grow from base in spring. Cut out dead wood in spring.

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and small, pea-like flowers.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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