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.
Also known as
Desert false indigo and Bastard indigobush
How to care for California False Indigo
How often to water your California False Indigo
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 located in Denver, Colorado.
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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Finding light for California False Indigo in your home
California False Indigo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Denver, Colorado ⛅.
California False Indigo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize California False Indigo
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.
California False Indigo is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!
California False Indigo prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
California False Indigo requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
California False Indigo does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
California False Indigo should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
California False Indigo grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.
USDA Hardiness Zone
California False Indigo can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Care Summary for California False Indigo
California False Indigo
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Denver, Colorado, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.