Lead Plant

Botanical Name Amorpha canescens
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period May-August
Flower Color Purple


Lead Plant, perennial, is native to the central North America in grasslands and woodlands of the plains. This deep rooted legume is tolerant of many environmental factors such as grazing, fire and drought. Its deep purple flowers, in bloom from May-August, were known to correlate with the bison migrations of the Great Plains. Herbivores readily graze the nutritious leaves and its reduction in pasture settings are characteristic of overgrazing. Fall seeding to allow for natural stratification, or spring seeding with stratified seed, will produce good germination. As with most wildflowers, caution should be taken to not plant the seed very deep.

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