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Lead Plant Seeds

SKU: AM012926
per Packet
No longer available this season.
Leadplant is a shrub-like native wildflower, growing to be about 36" tall and topped by a purple mass of spiky flowers in the mid-summer. This versatile, low-maintenance wildflower withstands drought and helps prevent soil erosion. The showy flowers attract a variety of butterflies to the garden.
key features
Botanical Name
Amorpha canescens
Seed Life Cycle
Growing Zones
Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Seed Coverage
covers 20-30 square feet
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Low Maintenance, Naturalizes, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control


Leadplant, or Amorpha canascens, attracts pollinators to the mid-summer garden with an abundance of tiny, spike-like purple flowers on top of shrubby foliage. This wildflower is native to Missouri and has tough roots, making it able to withstand severe drought and wildfires.

Lead Plant grows to be about 36” tall and can be planted in any wildflower garden, prairie or meadow. In colder climates, the shrubby foliage may die back to the ground but will return the following season. This plant is said to get its name from the white hairs that cover the entire plant, giving the appearance of white lead.