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Photo of lead plant showing grayish hairy foliage

Lead Plant

The name “lead plant” apparently came from the outdated belief that this plant grew in places where lead was in the ground, indicating that metal’s presence. Maybe the association arose from the grayish look of the hairy foliage.

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Lead Plant

Lead plant grows in prairies, glades, and savannas. It is a true prairie plant. Its deep roots enable it to survive the occasional fires that keep native prairies from turning into forests.

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Lead Plant (Flower Buds)

Lead plant blooms May-August. Its presence is considered an indicator of high-quality prairie.

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Lead Plant (Flowers)

The flowers of lead plant are tiny and massed in tight, elongated spikes. The stamens have reddish filaments and yellow anthers and protrude from the flowers. The lavender or purple corolla is reduced to a single, top petal.

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Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

Baptisia bracteata (formerly B. leucophaea)
Long-bracted wild indigo flowers April–June, while the surrounding vegetation is still short. Its racemes of creamy-white pea flowers mature into oval pods with tapering beaks.

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Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

A common native prairie legume, long-bracted wild indigo flowers April–June, while the surrounding vegetation is still short. Its racemes of creamy-white pea flowers mature into oval pods with tapering beaks.

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Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

Also called cream wild indigo, long-bracted wild indigo is a good indicator of former prairies, glades, and savannas. The early-blooming flowers provide food for queen bumblebees when they emerge from winter hibernation, which helps get their colonies off to a good start.

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Mimosa (Silk Tree)

Albizia julibrissin
Grown as an ornamental for its attractive pink flower clusters, its gracefully spreading branches, and its delicate leaves, this native of Asia is easily propagated and grows rapidly—unfortunately, it has become established as a weedy, invasive exotic in much of the state.

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Pencil Flower

Pencil flower is scattered nearly statewide but apparently is absent from the northwestern third of the state. It can be an erect plant, or it can trail, forming a loose mat.

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Pencil Flower

Pencil flower is small and often overlooked. It has wiry stems, long, bristly hairs, three-parted leaves, and orangish-yellow flowers.

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