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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Other: brown small one-seeded crescent-shaped pod
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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By LarryR on September 15, 2011

This article is the second in a new series at All Things Plants. On the 15th of each month I'll highlight plants blooming here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens. I'll have photos and will discuss the plants featured. You're invited to discuss these plants, too, but just as important, you're encouraged to show us what's blooming in your garden each month. There is also a monthly contest called "Name that Bloom." The first person to correctly identify the plant will have a photo of his/her choice published and featured the following month. Be sure to check out this month's mystery flower at the end of this article.

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Location: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, ILDate: 2018-08-20a planted specimen in a native, naturalistic garden
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Location: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington, ILDate: 2018-08-20summer foliage and a flower cluster
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Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 27, 2015 10:50 AM

This small shrub is native to the Central United States, found in well-drained prairies and open woodlands. The 1-3 foot height above ground is shorter than its 4-foot or longer root. I like a lesser known common name, Prairie Shoestring, which possibly refers to the laced shoestring look of the leaves.

Of the many natives I have planted as bare roots or plugs, this is one of the slowest growers. Several have become lost because of the faster growing grasses around them. They do not tolerate a lot of moisture, doing much better without any additional watering from me. The Leadplant is listed in seed mixes we have purchased, but we have not yet found any in our prairie patches.

Deer and other mammals will eat the leaves and berries. One way to deter the rabbits and deer is to grow strong-scented plants nearby. They need to smell when a predator is coming, and plants such as Monarda will mask that scent. This is not foolproof, as a hungry deer may eat anything, but so far it has worked for us.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 2, 2018 8:03 PM

Leadplant Amorpha is sold by some native plant nurseries in the Midwest. Its native is range from most of Oklahoma up into southern Manitoba and from eastern Colorado & Montana over to northwest Indiana & southern Michigan.

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