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A deciduous North American shrub (Amorpha canescens) in the pea family, having small purple flowers and pinnately compound leaves covered with whitish hairs.
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any of several North American shrubs of the genus Amorpha, esp Amorpha canescens, which was thought by some early miners to indicate the presence of lead ore
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(ˈlɛdˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt)

a North American shrub, Amorpha canescens, having grayish leaves and twigs.
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Noun1.leadplant - shrub of sandy woodlands and stream banks of western United States having hoary pinnate flowers and dull-colored racemose flowersleadplant - shrub of sandy woodlands and stream banks of western United States having hoary pinnate flowers and dull-colored racemose flowers; thought to indicate the presence of lead ore
amorpha - any plant of the genus Amorpha having odd-pinnate leaves and purplish spicate flowers
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Steer+Sheep plots were grazed by steers from mid-April to midjuly and grazed by sheep from early August to early October Scientific name Common name Nectar source Amarpha canescens Leadplant y Amorpha friiticosa False indigobush y Ceanothus americanus New Jersey tea y Morus spp.
Leadplant easily holds its own in the prairie, where it shows off with purple flower spikes and felt-like gray leaves.
Partridge pea Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene Leadplant Amorpha canescens Pursh Illinois bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis (Michx.) MacMill.
Clausen], Canada buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis (L.) Nutt.), New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus L.) and the native, leguminous shrub, leadplant (Amorpha canascens Pursh) (Table 1).
The taproot of a prairie rose might grow 20 feet straight down, and the main roots of compassplant and leadplant aren't far behind.
In both tall grass and short grass prairies, forbs and legumes such as prairie clover, leadplant, and shooting star bloomed in the spring and summer.
Compatibility has been shown for tall fescue with either birdsfoot trefoil or white clover (Pederson and Brink, 1988; Beuselinck et al., 1992; Springer et al., 1996) and for switchgrass, indiangrass, or sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula Michx.) mixed with either purple prairieclover [Petalostemon purpureum (Vent.) Rydb.], roundhead lespedeza, leadplant (Amorpha canescens Pursh), Illinois bundleflower, catclaw sensitive brier [Schrankia nuttallii (DC.) Standl.], or cicer milkvetch (Astragalus cicer L., Posler et al., 1993).