Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Desert False Indigo (Indigobush) (Amorpha fruticosa): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 1, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Desert False Indigo is a 4 to 18 foot shrub with alternate leaves that are about 6 to 18 inches long and odd-pinnate with 11-35 leaflets. The leaves have relatively short petioles up to 2 inches long. The leaflets are not quite opposite each other. (See picture below and on the left.) The leaflets are oblong and untoothed (entire). As you can see from the pictures, the flower which appears in late May to June is dark purple or blue with bright yellow or orange anthers (the male part of the stamen). After flowering for 2 to 3 weeks, the flowers are replaced by 1/4 inch seedpods that contain 1-2 seeds. The lower stems of the Desert False Indigo are woody with lenticels (pores). The upper stems are dull light green.
Date Location Notes Images
June 3, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire To differentiate from Black Locust: Desert False Indigo is a much-branched bush. Black Locust is a tree which often has spines for leaf stipules.