Pink-flowered indigo

Indigofera himalayensis 'Silk Road'

Pink-flowered indigo - Indigofera himalayensis 'Silk Road'

Common Name: Pink-flowered indigo
Genus: Indigofera
Species: himalayensis
Cultivar: 'Silk Road'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


The slightly arching branches of this small deciduous shrub are covered in attractively divided mid green foliage. In late spring and early summer these branches are also laden with short upright clusters of small pea-like pinkish-purple blooms. It will thrive in a sunny spot although heavy soils should be avoided, especially those that hold water for any length of time in winter. If in doubt pot it up into a container and place it on a sunny patio.

  • Garden care: Remove dead or damaged stems in late winter or in colder areas cut back to a low framework as the buds begind to expand in early spring.