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Exciting new flower color

By: Garden Gate staff
This easy-care perennial boasts a striking new color.

Exciting new flower color

Looking for a unique, but reliable, bloom? Decadence® ‘Dutch Chocolate’ false indigo has the same classic good looks, disease and deer resistance and easy-going care needs as the original native species, but it’s smaller, with unusual, attention-grabbing flower color.

Deep purple and yellow blooms, at left, open in late spring, against a backdrop of dusty blue-green foliage. Later in summer, purple seedpods, like you see in the inset photo, form, lasting into winter.

Although false indigo is normally a slow grower, ‘Dutch Chocolate’ is quite vigorous — expect it to reach maturity in just a few years. Plus, leaves fill in lower on the plant, so you won’t have to hide any “bare legs” on this versatile perennial.

Type Perennial

Blooms Deep purple and yellow from late spring to early summer

Light Full sun

Soil Well-drained

Pests None serious

Size 30 to 36 in. tall, 20 to 24 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

Source Garden Crossings

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