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Indigofera kirilowii - Maxim. ex Palibin.

Common Name Kirilow's indigo, Indigo
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy places and scrub in sunny positions[200].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Indigofera kirilowii Kirilow


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Indigofera kirilowii Kirilow
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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Indigofera kirilowii is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July. 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.

Synonyms

I. macrostachya. Bunge. non Vent. I. koreana. Ohwi.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Ophthalmic.

Ophthalmic[151].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen. Requires a light or medium well-drained soil and a sunny position[11, 200]. Succeeds on chalk[11]. The rootstock is hardy to about -20°c[200] and plants resprout from the base if they are cut back by winter cold. Plants are only sometimes cut to the ground in the winter[11]. They flower on the current years growth[184] and flower more freely if they are pruned to the ground during the winter. 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]. Special Features:Not North American native, Attracts butterflies, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Indigofera heteranthaIndigo Bush10
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Indigofera suffruticosaAnil Indigo, Anil de pasto02
Indigofera tinctoriaIndigo, True Indigo, dye indigo22

 

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Maxim. ex Palibin.

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Readers comment

   Wed Sep 22 01:39:14 2004

I have several years of success growing this plant in partial shade. It blooms as long as it gets enough water. I live in Central Texas.

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