|Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Prairie Shoestring, Wild Tea
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 24 in to 48 in
Spacing: 15 in to 18 in
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 2a-9b
Germination: Scarify. Pour 180F water over seeds, let soak overnight. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 16500
A member of the legume family, Lead Plant has the distinction of being one of the only native prairie shrubs. Its unusual name can be traced to the old belief that its presence showed that the soil contained lead. Once established, Lead Plant lasts for generations; it can be found growing wild throughout the Great Plains regions of central North America. Lead Plant's extremely deep and extensive root system gives it good resistance to drought, prairie fire, high wind, and frost. Though ranchers appreciated it for being excellent cattle fodder, settlers found that its roots would become tangled on their plowshares; this trait earned it the nickname "Devil's Shoestring." Native American tribes used this plant both internally and externally, valuing it for its antibacterial effect.
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