Indigo Bush

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By: Marissa Long

WHO AM I? My name is Amorpha fruticosa L. but you can call me Indigo Bush. I’m very into nature and love life as a plant. I may not be the prettiest plant but I make up for it in personality.

WHERE DO I LIVE?
We mostly form thickets on riverbanks or islands and can be viewed by people as weedy or invasive in the Northeast portion of America. However, some of us live in the Southwestern desert known as Sonora.

WHAT DO I EAT?
Well I’m a plant so our diet is quiet simple and consists of a simple process using the sun. This process is known as photosynthesis and is the main way in which I eat. In this process the sun helps me convert carbon dioxide into food like sugars which I use to get energy and eat.

HOW DO I LOOK?
I am actually quite large ranging from 6-10 feet tall. I am very loose and airy. At the base I am very leggy but as you begin to look at my top portion there is fine-textured foliage with leaflets and small, purple flowers.

HOW DO I REPRODUCE?
I use wind and bees to reproduce. I release things called pollen from my flowers and then when a bee or hummingbird lands on me they take the pollen with them on their feet and then when they go to a new flower they put my pollen in that plant.

FUN FACT ABOUT ME:
Although I may not seem like a living breathing creature who can contribute much of anything, the process that I use to eat also gives you something vital for life. After I create my food I emit Oxygen which helps you breath and live!

WHERE DID YOU FIND THE INFORMATION FOR ME:
Amorpha fruticosa l.. (2011). Unpublished raw data, Native Plant Database, University of Austin Texas, Austin, Texas. Retrieved from http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=AMFR. At this site you will find a database full of information regarding the Indigo Bush. In this database you can locate information that will go into great detail about this plant's environment, it's physical description, and many more fun facts.

Activities:
  • The activites can be found below are for grades K-3.
    • Kindergarten is a coloring sheet.
    • 1st and 2nd grade are a word search.
    • 3rd grade is a crossword puzzle.

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Marissa Long,
Oct 31, 2011, 1:00 PM
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