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Amorpha canescens

Lead Plant


Amorpha canescens, commonly called lead plant, is a Missouri native that typically occurs in open woodlands, glades and prairies. This pea/bean family member is a deciduous shrub-like perennial featuring long, slender, spike-like clusters of tiny, bluish-purple flowers. Blooms June-September. 


Amorpha is a legume–a plant that increases nitrogen in the soil--and has a very deep tap root which enables the plant to survive prairie fires and drought.


Very tough and drought tolerant!


Lead Plant Growing and Maintenance Tips:

A hardy substitute for Butterfly Bushes! Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Does well in poor, sandy, somewhat dry soils. May spread by self-seeding. Plant may die back to the ground in harsh winters.

Height:

24-36 in

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Spread:

20-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

2 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Amorpha canescens

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Attributes
Drought Tolerant
Border or Bed
Native
Naturalizing
Great Companion Plants for Amorpha canescens
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Grass, Prairie Dropseed Grass, Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis )
Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa )
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum Phedimus (takesimensis) )
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum Phedimus (takesimensis) )