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Desmodium canadense

Also called Canada Tick Trefoil, Beggars Lice, Stick Tights


More About Desmodium canadense

  • Spikes of pink to lavender, sweet pea-like flower clusters
  • Velvety hairs cover the stems and the tri-lobed, compound leaves
  • This drought, hardy plant can be grown on rooftops with as little as 15 cm of growing medium
  • Part of the pea or legume family, fixing nitrogen from the air
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to early fall

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

When potential pollinators land on a flower, the petals close on the insect. The flower shoots pollen over the pollinator's body to ensure pollination of the next flower visited.

Seeds are held in hairy pods and dispersed by sticking to the an animal's fur.

Zone:

4

Height:

100-150 cm

Spread:

50-60 cm

Colour:

Pink
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Showy Tick Trefoil Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows in a well-drained soil, in full sun. Highly adaptable and may take over small gardens. Naturally found in open woods, rocky or sandy prairies, roadsides, along railroads and waste places. Established plants are very drought tolerant due to their deep taproots. 


Desmodium canadense Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Fast
Fast
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Flowering Time

Summer
Lt. Sum- Fall

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Rooftop (extensive)
Roadside planting
Naturalizing