Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leadplant photograph; ? MN DNR, Welby Smith

This 1-3' wildflower is found on prairies and savannas. Small blue to purplish flowers have bright orange stamens which form a tapering spike. Soft hairs on the leaves give it a grayish-green appearance. Occasionally the stems become woody and it can look like a shrub. The roots are long, tough, and stringy; hence the nickname "Devil's shoestrings."