Amorpha canescens Pursh
Amorpha brachycarpa Palmer
Lead Plant, Leadplant
The lead plant is a North American native. The name derives from a grayish sheen on the leaves, due to abundant short dense hairs.
Identification: Plants are 12-36" (30-91 cm) tall, sometimes producing side branches; sometimes upright, sometimes sprawling. The leaves are bipinnate, composed of up to 50 leaflets each, 4-12" (10-30 cm) long overall, with leaflets about ¼" (6.3 mm) × ½" (1.3 cm). Long vertical flower spikes are covered with tiny purple flowers.
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Amorpha canescens at Kansas Native Plants
Amorpha canescens at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Amorpha canescens at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory
Amorpha canescens at Michigan State University’s Native Plant Facts
Amorpha canescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 2-9: