Indigofera heterantha (Himalayan Indigo)
We love this deciduous shrub, the Himalayan Indigo has the most fascinating and inticate grey green foliage, each leaf made up of many tiny oval leaflets. After summer rains the water held amongst them glistens and catches the light. From June until Autumn Indigofera heterantha erupts with a steady succession of rosy purple pea like flowers produced at intervals along the branches. Seldom seen in nurseries and seldom planted which is a shame as it is very deserving, and rightly recognised by the RHS who have awarded it their Award of Garden Merit.
Despite its exotic appearance, this is a tough shrub and a ‘good doer’ that is ideal for the mixed border, more difficult areas and even trained against a wall. Any well drained soil is fine and the shrubs tolerate sheltered and exposed positions in the garden. Best in full sun. 200cm x 200cm.
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Indigofera heterantha shrubs are low maintenence, they tend to have a naturally bushy habit of growth and seldom need pruning although should this be necessary then early Spring is the best time.