Amorpha canescens is native to North America. It is part of the Fabaceae family of plants and therefore a relative to the pea. It is also known as the Leadplant, Prairie Shoestring, Buffalo Bellows, Downy Indigo Bush, or Leadplant Amorpha. This is a perennial semi-shrub which once established it could be fire-resistant and drought tolerant. This is partly due to its deep and strong root system, the roots can go as deep as 15ft or 4.5m.
Amorpha canescens flowers in the summer or early autumn depending on location and climate. It has grayish-green, aromatic, and feathery compound leaves that look leaden and that is one of the reasons for the common name Lead Plant. The flowers are bluish-violet and appear in 4″ or 10cm spikes. They attract butterflies and bees. Amorpha canescens grows up to 3ft or 1m. After flowering, Amorpha canescens produces a fruit which contains one seed inside. It is a self-seeder and can be propagated by seeds.
Amorpha canescens is generally disease-free and pest-free, but watch out for powdery mildew or rust. There are tiny pustules on the plant which contain a form of insecticide which could be the reason it protects itself against bugs. Plant them in average soil but well-drained, in the sun or partial shade. It is used to put nitrogen back into the soil and help improve soil conditions. Amorpha canescens has been used in traditional medicine to treat pinworms eczema, an infusion of the leaves to help with pinworms.