Indigofera tinctoria (suffruticosa)

pieheart(6)June 3, 2010

I have no idea which forum to post this to. I'm guessing this is the right one, hopefully someone here can help.

Several years ago I bought a plant labeled Indigofera tinctoria (suffruticosa) from a localish herb farm. Every year it came back but never flowered. If it didn't flower this year I was going to rip it out and find something else for the space. However, this year it did flower and it was gorgeous! It is now going to seed, so I did some googling to see if I should deadhead or leave the seeds to mature. Instead of finding this information I learned that the plant I have is tropical or subtropical and should not be a perennial in zone 6.

Now I wonder if I have true indigo, perhaps it's actually false indigo. Can anyone advise how to tell the difference?

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Please post a picture. It really helps us to answer your question.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 9:42PM
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I'll try to remember to take one tomorrow morning before work. If I wait until after work it's too dark.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 8:37PM
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Here are some pictures. Indigofera or Baptista?

Here is a link that might be useful: indigo pictures

    Bookmark   June 5, 2010 at 6:46PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I must say that I'm not familiar with Indigofera tinctoria but it does look like the Baptista I've grown. Even the seed pods looks like a Baptista. By the way, what color were the blooms?


    Bookmark   June 7, 2010 at 8:15AM
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The blooms were a deep blue purple, not the light purple color I've seen on Purple Smoke. I have lost the tag to my plant over time (probably washed away with snow runoff) but I'm ALMOST positive it said indigofera. But I guess not.

I really don't care which I have, I love the plant. I was just curious. Thanks for all the responses!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 7:58AM
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