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Leadplant, Shoe-strings, Spicebush
Amorpha canescens

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Leadplant is a small rhizomatous shrub with 27-41 gray-green, hairy leaflets on compound leaves. It grows on dry sandy prairies in the West Cross Timbers and Panhandle, as well as in Southeast and South Central Texas; its native range is from Michigan to Northern Mexico. The violet flowers are in dense 6-inch-long racemes that appear from May to July. A member of the legume family, it produces fibrous roots that incorporate nitrogen from the air into the soil. Leadplant is very drought- and salinity-tolerant, adapted to sandy, gravelly soil and full sun, but not tolerant of shade. It could be used in a rock garden or as a border plant in well-drained sites with full sun.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: purple with yellow stamens

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: small pod with one seed and gland-dots

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width: 2 to 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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