Amorpha fruticosa, Indigo Bush


Historical Uses:

The Kiowa Nation was reported to use long stems as a foundation for bedding material. The Lakota Nation was reported to use the stems for arrows.


A great early blooming shrub for wetter areas, A fruticosa is attractive to bees, butterflies, and flies. Reaching upwards of 8 feet tall, and retaining their leaves for most of the year it makes an excellent living fence as well.


  • Listing ID: 1091
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 3-5
  • Stratification: 10 days cold most stratification
  • Bloom Time: April-May
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Amorpha fruticosa
  • Common Name: Indigo Bush, False Indigo Bush, False Indigo
  • Eco-Region: 251, 255