A lovely ornamental shrub which is also a good plant for wildlife, being a good nectar and food source for butterflies. It will flower through spring, with spires of pink to purple blooms. Growing to around 2 metres tall and wide, it can take neglect and some frost and drought. Given regular watering, a handful of slow release fertiliser each spring, and a light prune, it will grow into a lovely garden specimen.
The leaves and stems can be used for natural dyes, and give a soft yellow colour.
|Scientific Name:||Indigofera australis|
|Common Name:||Australian Indigo|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Pink, Purple|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Semihardwood cutting, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Border plant|
|Special Features:||Bonsai, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects|
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