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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The flowers are boiled and pickled[1].

Flowers

Material uses

The branches are used in basket making and in making twig bridges[2][3]. They are also used as a fuel[4][3].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Indigofera heterantha.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

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[5].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel if possible, July/August in individual pots in a frame. Good percentage[5]. Overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring or early summer[6]. Root cuttings 3cm long in December. Good percentage[5].

Suckers. Remove them in the dormant season, preferably towards the end of winter, and plant out into their permanent positions.

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Cultivation

Requires a light or medium well-drained soil and a sunny position[6][7]. Succeeds on chalk[6]. Succeeds in full sun in most well-drained soils[8], including dry ones[9][10]. Tolerates light shade[10].

The rootstock is hardy to about -15°c[8][7] and plants resprout from the base if they are cut back by winter cold. Plants are cut back to the ground in most winters at Kew though they are all right in the milder areas of the country[6]. They flower on the current years growth[8] and flower more freely if they are pruned to the ground during the winter or early spring[11]. They do not come into new growth until quite late in the spring[11]. A very ornamental plant[12]. Fast-growing when young, but slowing with age[7]. The flowers have a vanilla scent[13]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[7].

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[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Indigofera heterantha.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Indigofera heterantha
Genus
Indigofera
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

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    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (1972-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Gupta. B. L. Forest Flora of Chakrata, Dehra Dun and Saharanpur. Forest Research Institute Press (1945-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Singh. Dr. G. and Kachroo. Prof. Dr. P. Forest Flora of Srinagar. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (1976-00-00)
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    10. ? 10.010.1 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
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    13. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)

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