Indigofera kirilowii Maxim. ex Palib.

Kirilow Indigo, Chinese Indigo

Form in spring

Form in spring


Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Indigofera

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Bright purple-pink flowers on racemes in spring to early summer. Dense form, suckers. Compound leave with 7 to 11 roundish leaflets, bright green, to 6" long. Good drainage.



Published in Trudy Glavn. Bot. Sada 17: 62, pl. 4 in 1898.

Native to Korea and China.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in April 2010 and planted it in the Blue Bird Perennials garden. It has flowered each spring although not as profusely as Indigofera kirilowii 'Angyo Snow'.

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