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P Naturalized Photo: Akhtar Malik
Common name: Indigo-Bush, False Indigo-Bush
Botanical name: Amorpha fruticosa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Amorpha coerulea, Amorpha angustifolia, Amorpha colorata

Indigo-Bush is a perennial shrub. It grows as a glandular, thornless shrub which can reach 5-6 m in height and spread up to twice that. Flowers are borne in spike-shaped racemes of many flowers, 7.5-15 cm long, each with a single purple petal and ten protruding stamens with yellow anthers. It is somewhat variable in morphology. The leaves are made up of 11-25 hairy, oval-shaped, rounded-tip leaflets, 1-4 × 0.6-2 cm, with a sharp point at the tip. The fruit is a pod containing one or two seeds. Indigo-Bush is native to the United States and south into Mexico. It has escaped cultivation elsewhere and is seen wild in Europe, Asia, and other continents.

Identification credit: Akhtar Malik Photographed in Kashmir University Botanical Garden.

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