Bastard False Indigo, Indigo Bush, False Indigo Bush, False Indigo, and Desert False Indigo.
In the Fabaceae, or bean, family.
It is a woody shrub that can grow to a height of fifteen feet.
The leaves are alternate and odd pinnately compound. The leaflet’s margins are entire with short stalks. They are linear to elliptic in shape.
The flowers are born in long racemes and appear in the spring and summer. The petals are a deep purple and the anthers are a bright yellow making for an unusual looking flower.
It occurs naturally in riparian areas, and open wet forests.
It is native to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.
In the home landscape it can be grown in full sun to part shade with average to moist soils.
The flowers attract many pollinators.
It can be grown from seed or transplants.