Indigofera pulchella Roxb.
Indigofera cassioides is a deciduous shrub growing up to 3 metres tall, but often smaller[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and fuel.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to China, Myanmar and Indo-China.
Sal forests and hills to 2,700 metres[
]. Slopes, grasslands, sparse woods and scrub at elevations of 300 - 2,000 metres in W Guangxi and Yunnan[
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Requires a light or medium well-drained soil and a sunny position[
]. Succeeds on chalk[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The flowers are occasionally eaten as a vegetable[
A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of coughs[
]. The root is dried, ground into a powder and applied externally in the treatment of pains in the chest[
The branches are used for fences and fuel[
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow February in a warm greenhouse. The germination can be variable. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for the first winter, planting out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel if possible, July/August in individual pots in a frame. Good percentage[
]. Overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring or early summer[
Root cuttings 3cm long in December. Good percentage[
Suckers. Remove them in the dormant season, preferably towards the end of winter, and plant out into their permanent positions.
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