Plant Care California False Indigo

California False Indigo

About California False Indigo

False Indigo is a deciduous native shrub in the Fabaceae (bean) family. It is typically found growing in moist open woodlands, roadsides, canyons, floodplains, gravel bars, stream and pond banks, and along swamp edges. Plant in the full sun to partial shade moist to dry soil. It spreads easily by seeds and suckers.


Amorpha californica

Also known as

Desert false indigo and Bastard indigobush

How to care for California False Indigo


How often to water your California False Indigo

Water needs for California False Indigo
0.5 cups
every 9

California False Indigo needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for California False Indigo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California False Indigo: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California False Indigo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

California False Indigo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of California False Indigo in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize California False Indigo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California False Indigo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California False Indigo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

California False Indigo is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for California False Indigo

California False Indigo

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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