Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 2-6 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: If adding inoculum, lightly cover the seeds with soil.
Other info: Species specific inoculum added to dampened seeds just before planting improves the long-term health of plant.
Pollinators: Bumblebees

Our boots and pant legs covered in D. canandensis seed pods after

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Posted by BrendaVR (Ontario, Canada - Zone 6a) on Sep 13, 2014 3:40 PM

I believe the name "Tick Trefoil" and its other common names such as “Beggar’s Lice” and “Stick Tights” come from the tendency of the seeds to stick to anything even slightly fuzzy.

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