Amorpha canescens

Amorpha canescens


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Soil: Mesic(Medium) to (Xeric)Dry
Sun: Full to Part
Height: 1-3′
Color: Purple
Blooms: June-August
Flowers: The 1/8″ flowers have only 1 petal, and 10 bright orange stamens. They bloom in tight spike-like clusters.
Leaves: The 2-4″ leaves are covered with short white hairs. They are divided into 15-45 1/2″ leaflets in a feather-like arrangement.

Suggested Uses:

This native prairie shrub, has dark purple showy flowers with contrasting bright orange-yellow anthers. The young green pinnately-compound leaves are covered with white hairs that give it a silvery appearance. This is a great pollinator plant and is important for attracting bees and butterflies. An excellent plant for prairie restoration and is particularly well suited for upland sandy or gravelly soils.


Interesting Facts

Medicinal Uses: Once used it to treat pinworms, rheumatism, and eczema.
Food Uses: Native Americans used the leaves for tea and tobacco.
Other uses: It’s flowers and foliage are a nice addition to wildflower bouquets.
More Info:
The roots can grow over 10 feet deep. An individual plant can live for centuries. It is an indicator of a healthy prairie.
Name: The scientific name is from the Greek amorphos meaning “formless” or “deformed”. According to some, it was called leadplant because it was so hard to plow, other say it was because it grew over lead deposits.
Other Names: Prairie Shoestring, Devil’s Shoestrings, Buffalo-bellow plant

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Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

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