Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) is a small-growing native shrub that brings a welcome splash of color to the mid-summer garden, covering itself with hundreds of butterfly-attracting blue flowers held on upright flower spikes.

Common Name


Botanical Name

Amorpha canescens


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color


Mature Height

18-24" tall

Mature Spread

24-30" wide

Bloom Time


Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil

Soil Moisture

Drought Resistant / Waterwise

Amount Of Rain

10 to 20", 20 to 30"


Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Native

Ideal Region

Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall