Date Posted: Apr 21, 2016
False indigo a densely branched, woody shrub that puts on a striking spring and summer floral display. With green, feather-like leaves, and long spikes of dark purple flowers with bright orange anthers, it is genuinely gorgeous.
False indigo occurs naturally in alluvial forests, wet and coastal hammocks, cypress pond edges, and along stream and river banks. It attracts many pollinators and is the larval host plant for the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus), Southern dogface (Zerene cesonia), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) butterflies.
Read more about false indigo on our blog.
Photo by Craig Huegel.
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