Indigofera heterantha

Indigofera heterantha

Himalayan indigo

  • Botanical name: Indigofera heterantha
  • Common name: Himalayan indigo
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
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Native to sunny, dry slopes of the Himalayas, Indigofera heterantha is a beautiful shrub, bearing delicate pinnate leaves and pink-purple, late-summer flowers. It’s a great choice for the herbaceous border and works well alongside roses and buddleia.


Grow Indigofera heterantha in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered spot in full sun. In colder regions the plant may die back to the ground but should re-merge in spring. Hard prune old wood and crossing branches in spring. Indigofera heterantha holds a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Indigofera heterantha

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Indigofera heterantha and wildlife

Indigofera heterantha is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Indigofera heterantha poisonous?

Indigofera heterantha has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Indigofera heterantha


Stipa gigantea

Ornamental grass