Creeping Tick Trefoil (Desmodium triflorum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Dark pinkish purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Aug 18, 2014 6:51 PM

Desmodium triflorum is a prostrate, creeping perennial that forms dense mats in full sun as well as shade. Creeping Tick Trefoil has trifoliate hairy stems, green leaves with a grey to white stripe down the center, and deep pink to purple flowers that appear in the leaf axils. Desmodium triflorum is a native of Hawaii, Florida, and a few other small areas of the southern United States.

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