Botanical Name: Amorpha canescens
Common Name: Leadplant  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color

Tan, White


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Leadplant is a showy, small shrub that grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, with an upright to rounded form. Foliage is long, compounded and needle-like, and greyish-green. New wood is densely hairy and whitish. Thin spikes of pea-like flowers occur July to September, and are violet-blue with orange eyes. Provides substance to the sunny perennial border or meadow garden. Attracts bees and butterflies. Grows about 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.
Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Does well in poor, sandy, somewhat dry soils. Leadplant is a deep-rooted perennial that nitrifies the soil. It grows in a wide range of soil conditions, but avoid wet clays and very dry, sandy soils. Moderately xeric, a deep soaking every couple of weeks is recommended for established plants. An annual late-fall pruning back to a foot tall will increase the flowers. Not adapted to low-desert heat. USDA Zones 4-8. May spread by self-seeding.