Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)
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Amorpha canescens

Lead Plant

Shrub-like with gray-blue foliage and purple pea-like flowers. Can be found in fine dry prairie remanants. Attracts butterflies. Nitrogen-fixing legume. The common name refers to a once-held belief that the plant was an indicator of the presence of lead.

Height: 24-36 in
Width: 18-24 in
Soil Conditions: Dry
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Time: June,July
Hardiness Zone: 4 TO 9
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Characteristics & Attributes for Amorpha canescens

Attributes

Salt Tolerant
Fall Color

Attracts Wildlife

Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Attracts Wildlife

Plant Habit

Upright

Light Conditions

Sun

Native Plant Community

Dry Prairie
Mesic Prairie

Bloom Time

June
July

Flower Color

Blue

Flower Hue

Light

Flower Height

6" to 8"

Flower Type

Spike

Foliage Color

Green

Leaf Texture

Fine

Divide

Every Five Years or Longer

Prune Time

Jan/Feb/March

Flower Form

Single

Flower Size

1/4" or Less

Growth Rate

Slow