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
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
Pricing & Availability
Desmodium canadenseAlso known as:
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.
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
Very easily propagated from seed. These can be sown in spring or fall, and even in winter while dormant.
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
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
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