Audubon® Native Lead Plant

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10004479

The National Audubon Society presents a new line of native plants and trees that will help birds and wildlife thrive in your area! One huge bird attractor is the Audubon® Native Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens) is a dry prairie native that thrives in tough conditions.

Also called Leadplant and Downy Indigobush, these purple blooming butterfly magnets are beautiful native wildflower shrubs! Adaptable from Texas to Canada, the wide range versatility is astounding, making them perfect informal additions to your garden and landscape!

Food for the Sulphur Butterflies and Hairstreaks, you’ll see them and more swarming this informal bushy shrub. Once thought to indicate where Lead accumulated in the ground, these actually have a long history of medicinal and culinary uses to Native Tribes of the U.S. and Canada. Now you can enjoy this unique specimen today!

Planting and Application:

Plant with other beneficial natives and ornamental plants for a fire-scaping barrier and in dry, drought-prone areas where these plants need little water once established. Great for Xeriscaping too, the foliage glitters in the sun and adds texture and interest until frost.

A native to tallgrass prairies, add to a pollinator and wildlife habitat garden, en masse or in a prairie setting. The curious yellow-red sprays of stamen erupt from the center of each tiny purple blossom that covers these flower spikes, add incredible contrast!

  • Finely Textured Sage Green Foliage
  • Terminal Clusters of Long Purplish-Blue Flower Spikes
  • Beneficial Native Wildflower - Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Perennial Beds, Rock Gardens and Mixed-Shrub Borders
  • Attracts Insect Eating Finches, Sparrows, & Juncos by acting as a Caterpillar Host Plant

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This herbaceous deciduous shrub helps add nitrogen to the soil. Low water needs once established, water minimally yet consistently while young plants are settling into their new homes. Plant in enriched, well-drained moist soil for best growth and health.

  • Deep Roots Make this a Drought Tolerant, Firescaping & Xeriscaping Shrub
  • Full Sun & Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Prune in Early Spring to Clean Up the Mound
  • Deciduous - Young Stems Have Downy Stems

Tough and resilient, the beneficial native Audubon® Native Lead Plant Shrub fills your garden with hungry birds and pollinators galore! Give back to nature and beautify your home with hardy landscape plants that do more with help from NatureHills.com!

Audubon® Plant Information

Bird-Friendly native trees and plants provide food and shelter for local and migrating birds, as well as other wildlife. By purchasing and planting native flora, you will support Audubon's conservation mission and impact, while helping birds and wildlife thrive!

  • Grown Without Neonicotinoids
  • Audubon® is Licensed & Registered to the National Audubon Society
  • May Not Be Available in Non-Native Regions, States or Countries - Check Here
  • Audubon® Native Plants & Trees are Exclusively Grown by Bower & Branch

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping

To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Audubon® Native Lead Plant Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Audubon Native Plants & Trees
Botanical Name Amorpha canescens
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium, Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes