Indigofera jucunda

This is a semi-deciduous or evergreen scrambling shrub or a small graceful tree which bears small pink or white sweetly scented flowers
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 3m x 2m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 4m x 3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A dainty-looking small tree or shrub which bears sprays of showy pink flowers for a long period in summer. The smooth dark brown bark has distinct vertical markings. The branches provide perches for birds which visit the shrub to feed on the myriad of insects which are attracted to the plant. The leaves are mid green and semi-deciduous. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract butterflies and other pollinating insects. The flowers are followed by seed pods 3-4cm long that explode and twist to release the small dark brown seeds.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Indigofera jacunda is rich in nectar and attract a host of pollinating insects including several butterfly species (pictured above is the Garden Acraea butterfly). In addition, it serves as a host plant to several species. It also attracts numerous other insects which entice many birds.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Riverine forest, forest margins and grasslands.

MAINTENANCE:
Trim branches back by a third in winter when the plant is dormant and it this will encourage bushy new growth with abundant flowers in summer.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately in summer.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, formal, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Ideal for small gardens and really effective planted in groves. It is also an excellent container plant.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
Small compound leaves are borne on drooping to horizontal branches.
FRUIT:
The seed pods are green and mature to brown. They split open and twist to release the seeds.
SEED:
The seeds are round and amber-coloured, approximately 2mm in diameter.

WILDLIFE GALLERY:
CULTIVATION:
Easy to propagate from seed. It is fast-growing and will flower within the first year.

FULL GALLERY:
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