Indigofera australis. austral indigo

Family Fabaceae
Description Fast growing, open shrub to 1.5m tall. Compared to the inland forms, the coastal forms tend to be more spreading and rounded in form,
Flowering Time Late winter- spring.
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Florabank Profile
Vegetation Communities Dry and wet sclerophyll forest.
Soil Types Variable, from sandy soils to basalt. Acts as both a primary coloniser as well as a long term component of the understory. Regenerates from the base following drought, fire or severe grazing.
Values / Uses
Revegetation / Habitat Values The foliage and pods are relished by kangaroos and wallabies.
Amenity / Ornamental Values Beautiful in flower. Faintly but pleasantly scented, the scent similar to that of wisteria. Useful coppicing ability.
Other Values Extremely useful for revegetation of eroded sites, quarries and mines with rocky, skeletal substrates without topsoil.
Tolerances
Water Deficit average
Compaction average
Waterlogging average
Shade average-high
Minimum Temperature -3 degrees
Seed & Germination Details
Average no. Seeds per Gram 350
Viability Period long
Dormancy hard seed coat
Treatment hot water 90 degrees for 1 minute
Days From First to Last Germination at 25 Degrees 5-25
Direct Seeding