Amorpha canescens

leadplant - Amorpha canescens 06JL08-006
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leadplant - Amorpha canescens 06JL08-004

characteristics

Branched and spreading subshrub with roots reaching a depth up to 4.5 m. Stems and greyish-green leaves are covered with fine white hairs giving it a frosted appearance. Spikes of light to dark purple flowers with bright orange stamens make this an attractive shrub. A distinctive prairie plant. A member of the pea family.

Very slow growing.

195,333 seeds/pound; starts from seed, bare root, cuttings.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
SS CW 1.0 1.0 S F-M-C D ••• 5.5-8.0 green-grey - purple-blue

habitat

Prairie, woods. Prefers dry areas.

uses

Attracts a variety of bees, wasps, and butterfly caterpillars. Palatable to deer, rabbit and livestock.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity