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Lead Plant: A member of the bean family, this bushy shrub is one of the most important native legumes of the prairie.

The plant is typically 1-3 feet tall but it’s roots can descend as much as 16 feet. The common name “lead plant” is due to the silvery-gray hairs that give the foliage a lead color.

Native American used the dried leaves for making tea and for pipe smoking. Hmm, no wonder I find it interesting! Now go find ya some lead plant and enjoy the rest of your day!