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Wed Apr 10, 2019, 09:16 PM

Throwing a dart here: Amorpha canescens - Leadplant

Anyone grow these? I planted quite a few last year as I try to go native and reduce my lawn. I know these take years to mature just like a lot of these natives. Year one they sleep, year two they creep, year three they leap. I'm in the middle of the U.S. I just have not been able to find much about when they typically emerge.

Any idea of when they start growing in spring?

Spring? Supposed to be freezing here this weekend!


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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

2. Yeah, thanks

Just looking for when it typically emerges, hopefully they surived this foot of snow that wa in my yard fot a month. There are some beautiful plantings of these in some of the hell strips downtown here, so I'm hoping my backyard will support them. Thsnks for the link.


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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 02:54 PM

3. Lead plant likes things on the dryer side.

From my buddy Neil's biz in Wisconsin.

Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) exhibits a unique display of both foliage and flowers. Spikes of iridescent purple flowers extend above the delicate silver-gray foliage in the heat of midsummer. The deep taproot makes it extremely drought tolerant and able to thrive in any well-drained soil. An extremely long lived plant, Leadplant is one of the few true shrubs of the prairie. As a woody shrub, the plant will take a few years to become fully mature, during which time it should not be cut back.

this might help too.


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