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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Indigo Bush

Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

       Found growing in moist areas along streams, rivers, lakes, moist prairies, thickets, marshy areas, and open wooded moist areas the False Indigo a member of the Fabaceae (bean) family, found throughout most of the United States, is a native plant blooming from late spring into the summer. Also known as Desert False Indigo, or Lead plant it is considered weedy in some states (Connecticut and Washington)
       A shrubby plant, growing to 15 feet tall, the False Indigo produces small ¼ purple flowers and prominent stamens that grow along racemes (short stalks) that grow to six inches long. Leaves are two inches long and about one inch wide.
       The fruit of this plant is edible and parts of the plant used as an insect repellent. A blue dye can be extracted from this plant.
       It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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