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Desmodium canadense

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

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

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.

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 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

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

Habit

Clumping

Flowering Time

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing
Rooftop-extensive

Soil Moisture

Well Drained
Average to Dry Soils