The indigo seeds from Madame Magar (Indigofera suffructicosa) are from the original varieties. They are native to the West Indies, Central America and West Africa. It is a distinctly different variety than the widely grown Persicaria tinctoria or “Japanese” indigo. This is the same indigo cultivated in the Southern colonies during the 18th century. At that time, indigo was an important crop. It was second only to rice as the main export to Britain.
Leigh Magar of Madame Magar is a textile artist and dressmaker. She started a “seed to stich” project growing indigo in Charleston, South Carolina. Each package of indigo seeds from Madame Magar contain about 100 seeds still in their banana-shaped pods. To use, crush to separate seeds before planting.
Note that this is a subtropical plant. It is appropriate for climates with hot, humid summers and mild winter areas. Outside of this growing area, you may need a hoop house or greenhouse to grow the indigo.
Deb McClintock has a great series of posts about growing indigo seeds (Indigofera suffructicosa) and “Japanese” indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) outside of Austin, TX. So check out her hints and tips!
In addition, a portion of the sale of these seeds is donated to two organizations that support Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON) and Darkness to Light.
We regret that we cannot ship seeds internationally.