Amorpha fruticosa

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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False Indigo-bush, Bastard-indigo

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:6-12 ft tall by 6-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue, purple
Fruit Color:Brown (legume)
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms spring-summer.
Habitats:Moist hammocks, dry hammocks, dry hardwood forests


Recommended Uses:Multistemmed shrub that can form small thickets. Plant as a screen, hedge, or background plant.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.



Larval host for southern dogface (Zerene cesonia), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), and silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus).

Said to attract bees, beetles, and other insect pollinators.