Indigofera 'Little Pinkie'

Common Name: indigo 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Fabaceae
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Cerise pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates some shade. Also tolerates alkaline soils and some drought. Generally intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South. Plants may suffer some tip damage or die to the ground in harsh winters, but should come back nicely. As with buddlejas, this plant may be grown in the manner of an herbaceous perennial in USDA Zones 5 and 6A by cutting back all stems close to the ground in late winter to early spring each year before new growth appears. Also may benefit from a similar hard pruning in warmer climates to maintain good form. Blooms on new growth.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Indigofera is a genus of over 700 species of annuals and herbaceous perennials but predominantly evergreen and deciduous shrubs. Most are from tropical and subtropical areas.

Genus name comes from indigo plus Latin fero meaning to bear. The dye indigo is obtained from this genus.

'Little Pinkie' was discovered growing in a clump of Indigofera pseudotinctoria 'Rose Carpet' and introduced by Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a small shrub with 3 ft. long arching branches and small, deep green, compound leaves that have 7 to 11 leaflets. In summer it has 3 in. long spikes of cerise pink, pea-shaped flowers. 'Little Pinkie' grows 2 to 3 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide. It may also be sold as 'Whose Yo Daddy'.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Good for slopes, open woodland areas, mixed borders, foundation plantings or as a ground cover.