Indigofera decora Lindl.

Frost-hardy, spreading deciduous shrub with arching branches, pinnate leaves, to 20cm long, composed of 7-13, narrow leaflets, and erect racemes, to 20cm long, of pea-like white flowers, suffused with crimson, to 2cm across, in summer.  To 60cm.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This is a very pretty bush, received by the Horticultural Society from Mr. Fortune, who found it cultivated in the nursery gardens at Shanghai [c.1845], and calls it a dwarf shrub.  The climate of Shanghai is so cold in winter, that it may be a question whether this species may not prove hardy: but at present it is too rare to be made the subject of experiments.’  [BR f.22/1846]. 

‘A most lovely and ornamental greenhouse plant, by no means so generally seen in our collections as it deserves to be; a native of China, and cultivated in the gardens of Shanghai, whence Mr. Fortune introduced it to the Horticultural Society of London.  It flowers early in the season, and a cool greenhouse is rendered quite gay with its blossoms, which are of a lively pink and rose-colour, arranged in long, erect racemes; add to which the leaves are pinnated and of the most delicate green.’  [BM t.5063/1858].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.572/1857].


Published Dec 23, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:21 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and erect racemes of white, crimson-suffused flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.5063, 1858.

Indigofera decora Lindl. | BM t.5063/1858 | BHL

More details about Indigofera decora Lindl.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

China, Japan

  • Indigofera incarnata Nakai
  • Hedysarum incarnatum Willd. 
Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Indigofera decora

Confidence level high