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Indigofera cassioides is a Deciduous Shrub up to 3.50 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to China and Burma.
Sal forests and hills to 2700 metres[
Requires a light or medium well-drained soil and a sunny position[
]. Succeeds on chalk[
This species is not very hardy in Britain, it probably requires greenhouse protection in all parts of the country[
]. Plants are capable of regrowing from the base if they are cut back by winter cold, though we do not know at what temperature the roots of this plant are killed[
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 late winter 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, mid summer 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.