False Indigo is a long-living native shrub that grows 3-10′ tall and 6-15′ wide that can be found growing along rivers, streams, ponds, and ditches. It has great drought tolerance and can handle dry, infertile conditions. It is great for erosion control, windbreaks, and screens. This shrub is a legume which harbors beneficial bacteria on their roots that helps the soil. The fragrant flowers appear in June and are purplish blue with orange anthers which occur in three to six inch long upright spikes.
Photos courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plant Database, North Carolina Extension, Coldstream Farm