Creeping Indigo

Indigofera spicata

Creeping Indigo is a perennial broadleaf weed that is sometimes referred to as Trailing Indigo or its scientific name, Indigofera spicata.

Identify

Alternate

Alternate

Pinnate

Pinnate

Obovate

Obovate

Creeping Indigo is a horizontally to weakly ascending broadleaf weed that can be identified by its hairy, creeping stems. Its leaves feature seven to nine leaflets and are also hairy. Older plants have a deep, woody taproot and a low crown that is sometimes completely underground. When young, Creeping Indigo features rigid stems. Blooming during warm months, Creeping Indigo produces numerous pink flowers on spikes from the bases of the leaves. Reproduction occurs by seeds.

Life Cycle

This broadleaf weed grows in lawns, disturbed areas and open fields. Creeping Indigo is found mainly in tropical to subtropical regions, including parts of Florida and Puerto Rico.

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Control

Proper cultural practices—such as proper mowing and watering routines—can help to prevent Indigofera spicata by creating dense grass, which inhibits this broadleaf weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e., pulling weeds) can be effective, though you run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.

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