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Indigofera jucunda

   (Family: Fabaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Rivierverfbos English: River Indigo  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 4m
Spread: 2m
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
pH: neutral
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Pink
 
White
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  Sweetly scented
  Flower info
  Pink or white
 
 
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Partially Evergreen
  Leaves are dark green and compound with leaflets, occurring in pairs of 4 to 7 plus a terminal one.
 
 
Sow seeds in Spring
 
  Seeds per fruit 8
  Seed info EDIT
  Smooth, reddish-brown cylindrical pods with 8 to 10 seeds each, occur from May to July.
 
 
Description EDIT
A dainty-looking small tree or shrub which bears sprays of showy pink flowers.
Growing EDIT
Enjoys a warm, sunny, to lightly shaded position in good loamy soil.

It will grow easily from seed that should be sown in September and takes from 3 to 6 weeks to germinate. The seedlings should be pricked out and planted in individual containers until they are about 20cm in height. They will flower in the 2nd or 3rd year.

May also be propagated by means of cuttings.
Distribution EDIT
Occurs naturally in riverine forest or scrub and on sandstone outcrops in Transkei and southern Kwazulu-Natal.
History EDIT
This plant was formerly known by the name Indigofera cylindrica. Botanical investigation in the 1990's found that the name I.cylindrica had been incorrectly applied to this species and that the name was synomous with Indigofera frutescens which is a shorter plant from the fynbos with bright pink, purple flowers in a lax racemes. This popular garden plant received the new name of Indigofera jucunda.
Uses EDIT
Ideal for small gardens and really effective planted in groves. It is also an excellent container plant and attracts birds and insects to the garden.
Ecology EDIT
Several species of butterflies including the common Lucerne Blue, Lampides boeticus, and the Drakensberg Blue, Lepidochrysops niobe, breed on members of the genus.
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