Amorpha canescens





Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) is a small-growing native shrub that brings a welcome splash of color to the mid-summer garden, covering itself with hundreds of butterfly-attracting steel-blue flowers.

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Per Plant - 2.5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 3 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Bloom Time Summer
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order during the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of Feb. 29 and continue through mid-June. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. More shipping info. Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot


18 - 24" tall x 24 to 30" wide. Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) that covers itself with hundreds of butterfly-attracting steel-blue flowers. This small-growing native shrub brings a welcome splash of color to the mid-summer garden. Our selected form of Amorpha canescens is grown from seed collected at an elevation of 7,500 ft. Plants from this collection are a bit smaller than other forms and the fern-like foliage of this collection turns gray-green in color by mid-season. Being a legume, Leadplant adds nitrogen to the soil and makes an excellent companion plant for many prairies and other native species.
Common Name Leadplant
Botanical Name Amorpha canescens
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Mature Spread 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Native
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Planting and Growing Amorpha (Leadplant)

Amorpha canescens (Leadplant) - a legume, this North American wildflower is deep rooted and adds nitrogen to the soil.

  • Plant in fast-draining, sandy or sandy-loam soils with full sun. Mulch with gravel or pine needles.
  • Water regularly the first growing season and infrequently but deeply after it's established.
  • Leave standing over the winter. Cut back hard in mid-spring.
  • No need to fertilize, as it is a legume and adds nitrogen to the soil naturally.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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