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Desmodium canadense

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, average, poor, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: July, August

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant, stream margin plant

Desmodium canadense (showy ticktrefoil)
  • Desmodium canadense (showy ticktrefoil)
  • Desmodium canadense (showy ticktrefoil)
  • Desmodium canadense (showy ticktrefoil)
  • Desmodium canadense (showy ticktrefoil)

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Description

Desmodium canadense

Also known as:

showy ticktrefoil

,

showy trefoil

,

beggars lice

,

stick tights

Scientific Synonyms:

Meibomia canadensis

Description

Desmodium canadense is a native wildflower member of the Pea family. It is typically about 3' tall, but can grow to 5' or more under optimum conditions. The leaves are divided, oval and elongated. Their lower surface, as well as the stems, are covered with fine velvety hair. The plants colonize to form dense clumps with multiple erect, divided stems, each terminated with an elongated cluster of pinkish flowers. These give way to segmented seed pods, resembling flattened beads with fine hooked hairs, that get dispersed by adhering to clothing or animal fur.

Cultivation

Showy ticktrefoil is easy to grow, almost to a fault. It is ideal to naturalize large areas and can easily take over a small garden. It has no particular soil requirements. It will grow in dry rocky areas, as well as in moist meadows. It is indifferent to soil quality and levels of acidity. It does however prefer full to mostly sunny locations. Blooms abundantly during mid-summer, for a period of about one month. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Very easily propagated from seed. These can be sown in spring or fall, and even in winter while dormant.

Additional Notes

Desmodium canadense is very easy to grow, but care should be taken to control unwanted growth. It is very showy and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds alike. This is a useful species for prairie restorations.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae Pea family
Genus Desmodium ticktrefoil
Species Desmodium canadense showy ticktrefoil