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False Indigo

Natural History

False Indigo is a member of the Pea Family. The plant grows to 10 feet in height and has green, oval leaves that grow in pairs of up to ten on opposite sides of the stem to 2 inches each in length. The plant typically grows in wet areas along streams or near springs at elevations between 2500 - 7000 feet.

The False Indigo at right was photographed in Christopher Creek near Pason.

False Indigo blooms between May - July and produces dark purple flowers with bright yellow orange anthers that grow to 1/8 inch each on a long slender flower spike (to 7 inches in length).

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