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LEADPLANT

#1312 | Amorpha canescans

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LEADPLANT

#1312 | Amorpha canescans

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Summary

Leadplant is a small, native, warm-season perennial leguminous shrub adapted to the central one-half of the United States, extending from Mexico into Canada. Leadplant is found growing in most all types of soils with an average annual rainfall of 20 to 45 inches. The presence of leadplant on the prairie is an indication the prairie is in excellent health. Leadplant is very high protein and subsequently, it is readily grazed by all classes of livestock and wildlife.  Leadplant is relatively shade-tolerant, but when placed in the shade it will grow towards the sunlight. Leadplant’s comparatively slow establishment and low seed production prevent it from being a dominant species on the prairie. It is a favorite among prairie enthusiast for its lead-gray appearance and accenting purple flowers.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Plant Characteristics

Height
24" - 36"
Bloom Period
Late-Spring - Summer
Bloom Color
Purple
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Fall
Plant Depth
0.25" - 0.5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
60° F
Establishment
Hard

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
195,000
Kingdom
Plantae
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta
Super Division
Spermatophyta
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Magnoliopsida
Subclass
Asteridae
Order
Asterales
Family
Asteraceae
Genus
Amorpha
Species
Amorpha canescans

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 4 oz/1000 or 10 lbs/acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Landscaping

Attractive as an accent plant, in mass plantings as well as in species mixes.

Forage & Grazing

Highly palatable, tends to be overgrazed.

Pollinator Beneficial Plants

Notes

*Special considerations for spring planting: seed germination can be improved with mechanical scarification. Seed needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium for nitrogen fixation to occur. Germination of scarified seed generally occurs within 2 weeks after planting provided adequate soil moisture and temperature conditions are met.

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