Also called Canada Tick Trefoil, Beggars Lice, Stick Tights
More About Desmodium canadense
- Spikes of pink to lavender pea-like flower clusters in mid summer to early fall
- Velvety hair covers the stems and tri-lobed, compound leaves
- This drought-hardy plant can be grown on roof-tops with as little as 15 cm of growing medium
- Part of the Pea or Legume family, fixing nitrogen from the air
When potential pollinators land on a flower, the petals close on the insect. The flower shoots pollen over its body, to ensure pollination of the next flower visited.
Seeds are held in hairy pods and are dispersed by sticking to the fur of animals.
Showy Tick Trefoil Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows in well-drained soils 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 deep taproots.
Desmodium canadense Characteristics
Flowering TimeLate Summer/Early Fall
Landscape usesRoadside planting
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Average to Dry Soils