Amorpha canescens

Leadplant

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 blue flowers held on upright flower spikes.
Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 2.5" Pot
SKU HC015424

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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Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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HC015424

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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.
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SKU
HC015424
Ships To Canada
No
Common Name
Leadplant
Botanical Name
Amorpha canescens
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue
Height
24 inches
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
24-30" wide
Bloom Time
Early - Mid Summer, Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay 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
Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Native To
North America
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
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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