AMORPHA canescens Leadplant is a deciduous shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae). It is native to North America, where it grows in prairies, savannas, and open woodlands.
As showing from its common name, (Lead Plant), Amorpha Canescens manifest the garden’s beauty with combination of purple flowers and yellow stamens. They typically grow in woodlands, prairies and glades. A plant with unusual look, small shrub with an eye-catching bloom give the outstanding landscape features. It’s a good plant for naturalizing in a native or wildflower garden, prairie or meadow.
Leadplant grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and has a dense, twiggy growth habit. The plant has gray-green, compound leaves that are covered with a fine, woolly, silver-gray pubescence. The plant produces spikes of small, blue-violet flowers from late spring to early summer. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.
Leadplant prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including poor, rocky soils. The plant is often used in prairie restorations, native plant gardens, and erosion control plantings. It is also used in traditional medicine, as the plant has been used by Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, coughs, and digestive disorders. Additionally, the plant has nitrogen-fixing properties, which can improve soil fertility.
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Scientific Name: Amorpha Canescens
Common Name: Lead Plant
Plant Type: Deciduous shrub
Native Range: North America, Northern Mexico
Full Growth Height: 2-3 ft
Width in Across: 2-5ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: July to September
Attracts: Butterflies, Birds
Flower Color: Off-White or Ashy-Grey Hairs with purple Petals inside yellow Stamens
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Dry to Medium
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Rock
Uses: Floral Management, Summer Bedding, Cut Flowers