BOTANICAL NAME: Indigofera juncunda
COMMON NAME:  River Indigo


Indigofera juncunda is a small, woody perennial plant that belongs to the legume family. It grows 2m to 4m in height and has slender, wiry stems that are densely covered with small, pinnate leaves that are a dark green colour.  Flowers are small, pink, sweetly scented and are borne in showy dainty spikes up to 5cm long during summer, from December through to April. Smooth, reddish-brown cylindrical pods with 8 to 10 seeds each, occur from May to July.

River Indigo is a beautiful addition to any garden, especially those that are looking to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. It’s dainty and showy when in flower, making it an interesting garden subject.  They are ideal for small gardens and are really effective planted in groves, where they provide shelter and breeding sites for many birds. They are also an excellent container plant and can be used to great effect to soften a small courtyard.  The flowers last well as cut flowers in a vase or as part of a floral arrangement.  The roots are not aggressive.

CULTURAL INFORMATION: River Indigo thrives in full sun and loamy, well-drained soil.  For good results in the garden, feed in summer with a balanced organic fertiliser.  Add a layer of mulch and water regularly during dry summer spells. The plants can be pruned back into shape after they have finished blooming.

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