Earthbound Royalty

DSC_0116_300sigEternal royalty is on my thoughts today. My thoughts on an endless, ceaseless king. He left evidence of His royalty in an earth-bound plant. Lead plant has royal blossoms. They are purple.

For all of recorded earth history, purple has been a considered a royal color. Kings and Queens wore purple. During the Roman rule of the world, some emperors forbid the wearing of purple by common people. Purple was only for royalty.DSC_0123_301sig

The prairie perennial, Lead plant wears purple once each year-summer. Depending on the season, the purple blossoms of this “royal” plant appear from early to mid-July. It can be found in the midwestern states and the prairie provinces of Canada. Call it Amorpha canescens Pursh if you wish to be scientific. A delightful alternative name is the one North American native people gave to it: “Buffalo Bellows” This is because lead plant blooms when the North American Bison is in rut. Mating season for the bison begins when lead plant blooms in July.

True royalty is exceptional. Lead plant is worthy of its rich purple blossoms. Its root system is possibly the most extensive of all native plants. Biological records show its roots reaching depths nearing 20’!  As a legume, it is able to draw the nitrogen in air into its roots as nodules. The soil is naturally fertilized in this way. Native peoples used the astringent properties of the plant to heal wounds. Between 200-300 flowers with royal purple blossoms grow on one raceme, or flower cluster. Leadplant correctly fits the “royal” label.

Eternal royalty is represented by this beautiful prairie perennial. The color purple is a blend of blue and red. Blue represents law, and red, judgement and blood. Jesus Christ perfectly kept all of God’s law. His blood, shed for the sins of all people satisfied God’s right demand that His law be followed. As soldiers led Him to be judged, the put a cloak of purple on Him. They even crowned Him (with thorns) and mocked Him as “King of the Jews”. (Mark 15:16-20)The purple of lead plant reminds us of its Creator who saves us from our sin! Admiring flower blossoms can bring our minds to thoughts eternal.

We can’t see Him now, but He provides us with visible reminders that He is King, one is leadplant.



Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.