More Information About Amorpha
The genus Amorpha contains 16 species of shrubs, all native to North America and all with a passing resemblance to Indigofera (Indigo). Amorpha is in the pea family (family Fabaceae) and like all legumes, species in this genus fix nitrogen and improve the soil around them. The name Amorpha is derived from the Greek for for "deformed" because the unusual flowers in this genus contain only 1 petal. The common name "leadwort" (which is also used for plumbago and ceratostigma) was assigned because of the belief that amorpha plants preferred to grow in soils containing lead ore.
Amorpha shrubs grow from 2' to 20' tall and 4' to 40' wide in the wild but in the garden cultivated plants tend to not be as large. Amorpha is a prairie plant that is not picky about its growing conditions as long as the drainage is good. Once you've grown an amorpha, you'll find them easily recognizable with their characteristic orange and yellow bottlebrush-like flowers. When you're ready to buy amorpha for your perennial garden, check out our online offering of amorpha for sale.