The Native Plant Store is Now Open Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all 200+ species profiles added to the new store software
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Amorpha canescens, Downy False Indigo

Amorpha canescens 

Downy False Indigo or Leadplant 

  • Average to dry soils
  • Full Sun 
  • 36” tall, 24” to 36” wide -Will mature over a few years to around 4’ tall and wide
  • Summer blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thriving in Meadow and Dry Meadow ecosystems, Nitrogen Fixing 

New to me, grown from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery https://www.prairiemoon.com/amorpha-canescens-lead-plant-prairie-moon-nursery.html 

A semi-shrubby perennial, this is a species that I would suggest as a native alternative to Russian Sage since they are suited to similar ecological niches and plant communities, attract lots of pollinators and have a similar overall aesthetic.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing at the link above for more details.

Photos by Denis.prévôt, Krzysztof Ziarnek, USFWS Mountain-Prairie and Kurt Stüber via Wikimedia Commons   


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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality
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