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Indigofera cassioides - DC.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sal forests and hills to 2700 metres[158].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Indigofera cassioides


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Indigofera cassioides is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

I. pulchella. Roxb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses:

The flowers are occasionally eaten as a vegetable[177, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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Pectoral

A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of coughs[240]. The root is dried, ground into a powder and applied externally in the treatment of pains in the chest[240].

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Other Uses

Fuel  Wood

The branches are used for fences and fuel[158].

Cultivation details

Requires a light or medium well-drained soil and a sunny position[11, 200]. Succeeds on chalk[11]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it probably requires greenhouse protection in all parts of the country[200]. Plants are capable of regrowing from the base if they are cut back by winter cold, though we do not know at what temperature the roots of this plant are killed[K]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow February in a warm greenhouse. The germination can be variable. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for the first winter, planting out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts[78]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel if possible, July/August in individual pots in a frame. Good percentage[78]. Overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring or early summer[11]. Root cuttings 3cm long in December. Good percentage[78]. Suckers. Remove them in the dormant season, preferably towards the end of winter, and plant out into their permanent positions.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Indigofera heteranthaIndigo Bush10
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