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 15cm of growing medium or greater.
- Part of the Pea or Legume family
- Suitable Greenroof plant with soil levels of 12cm or greater
Seeds are dispersed by sticking to the fur of animals.
Showy Tick trefoil Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grow 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
AttributesNative to Ontario
Flowering TimeLate Summer/Early Fall
Landscape usesRoadside planting