Last of the native prairie plants included in the Prairie Kerchief is the leadplant! Given the right circumstances natural habitats that have been disturbed and even destroyed can be restored. I believe it's possible to foster these native systems along side our human developments. We just need rural landscape and urban designs that aren't cookie cutter, but take into consideration the surrounding ecosystems.
Leadplant: Amorpha canescens
The central root of the leadplant occasionally branches, and can extend 15 ft. or more into the soil. This plant adds nitrogen to the soil. The presence of Leadplant is a sign of high quality habitat. Because of its deep roots, recovery from fire is very good.
The flowers of Leadplant attract long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, and wasps primarily. Among the bees are such visitors as bumblebees, Leaf-Cutting bees, Green Metallic bees, and Plasterer bees; the Andrenid bee, is a specialist pollinator of Leadplant. The caterpillars of Dogface Sulfur eat the foliage occasionally. Other insects that feed on the foliage or flowers of Leadplant include grasshoppers, caterpillars of moths, various beetles, the plant bug Psallus amorphae, and the leafhopper Scaphytopius cinereus. Many of these insects are an important source of food to insectivorous birds and other animals. Mammalian herbivores, such as deer, rabbits, and livestock, are very fond of this plant. It is high in protein and quite palatable.
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