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Leadplant
Amorpha canescens

While considered a shrub, Leadplant's woody plants often persist through the winter but may die back and resprout in the spring. Leadplant has showy purple blossoms with orange stamens and silvery green foliage. It is a hardy plant that can thrive in a range of soil conditions and is a favorite of many pollinators.

USDA symbol: AMCA6

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height1 to 3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Leadplant (Leadplant<div><em class="small">Amorpha canescens</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Larval Host ofBees, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedAndrena quintilis, Cabera quadrifasciaria, Catocala abbreviatella, Catocala whitneyi, Colletes albescens, Colletes robertsonii, Schinia lucens, Walshia amorphella
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands