Lead Plant - Amorpha canescens

 
Lead Plant:
  This rather strange-looking plant was VERY important in building the rich soil of our great dry Prairies! 
  The Lead Plant species aids in a soil building process by means of its deep roots and the nitrogen-fixing bacteria which live on their roots.
  Although the plant generally grows to only 2 to 4 feet tall, its incredible root system often penetrates to depths of 15 ft. or more!
  Each tiny flower along a raceme of a Lead Plant shows only a single, grayish-purple (or “lead”-colored) petal! 
   And each tiny flower shows 10 bright orange anthers (the pollen-bearing part of the stamens)!

These extraordinary photos: by

Dave Joseph!