Indigofera hirsuta

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Indigofera hirsuta
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Photo by Allen Boatman, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae
Genus: Indigofera
Species: I. hirsuta
Binomial name
Indigofera hirsuta
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Natural range of Indigofera hirsuta from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Hairy indigo[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]



This plant is scattered throughout the Southeast, including areas like southern Mississippi and Alabama.[1]



Indigofera hirsuta frequents sandy disturbed areas, such as wildlife "food fields". It is native to the Old World tropics.[1]


It flowers from September to December with peak inflorescence in September.[2]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Indigofera hirsuta at Archbold Biological Station:[3]

Megachilidae: Anthidiellum notatum rufomaculatum, A. perplexum, Megachile albitarsis, M. brevis pseudobrevis, M. exilis parexilis, M. mendica, M. petulans

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 12 DEC 2016
  3. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.