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Audubon® Shrub Indigo
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To attract birds to your yard and get them to stick around, you need to offer them not only food but shelter as well. False Indigo Bush is an excellent way to create cover for birds in a hurry. When planted en masse, this fast-growing Accent quickly forms a thicket, where songbirds and even small gamebirds like quail can forage for food and feel safe from predators. Sparrows may dine on the seeds in fall, and all sorts of insectivorous birds will appreciate False Indigo Bush for the many caterpillars and other bugs that feed on its foliage.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (18-24" tall) container grown
Size A (3-4' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Although most people have no idea what False Indigo Bush is, it’s actually a fairly common plant with an extensive natural range. This adaptable Accent is native throughout much of the U.S., with the exception of the Northwest and parts of the Northeast. It often grows along streams or swamps but tolerates dry soil, too. Look for it in early summer, when the interesting flowers appear. They form fingerlike spikes of tiny purple florets with yellow-orange pollen. A host of native bees and other insects readily visit the blossoms, making False Indigo Bush a fine pollinator plant as well.
False Indigo Bush hosts several butterfly species, such as the friendly silver-spotted skipper, a frequent visitor to gardens. Other butterflies supported by this useful native include gray hairstreaks and dogface sulfurs.
How to Grow
No green thumb required! Even novice gardeners will have success with False Indigo Bush. Plant this easygoing native in full sun and in any kind of soil—even clay. Moist to wet soil is ideal, but dry soil is just fine, too. False Indigo Bush will need regular water during the establishment phase, but it will be more tolerant of drought after that. This is a nitrogen-fixing legume, which means that it can obtain nitrogen from the air. As a result, it requires little fertilizer and can survive on low-nutrient, sandy sites, where other plants struggle.
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