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Common Name: Leadplant

Species Name: Amorpha canescens

Plant Type: Legume

Family Name: Fabaceae, Pea Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Midwest; Canada to central Texas and northeast New Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Silver-gray foliage
    • Leaves almost connected to branch
    • Leaves compound with shorter, more circular leaf terminating branches


    • Flowers small and tubular in erect, slender clusters; purple in color
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Compound, 1-pinnately
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Sessile or subsessile
    • Stipules: Present
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 1, fused
    • Flower Color: Bright purple or violet
    • Flower Timing: May-July
    • Fruit Type: Legumes



Soil Type Alkaline soils
Habitat Tallgrass prairie, glades and open woodlands
Successional Stage Late


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