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Desmodium canadense (Showy Tick Trefoil)

Desmodium canadense (Showy Tick Trefoil)
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Desmodium canadense is aptly named Showy Tick Trefoil for its numerous pink flowers that bloom along the plant’s upper stems for about three weeks in mid-summer. The effect is more attractive in colonies than isolated plants and tight plantings can help counter a tendency to sprawl. Like other tick trefoils (legume), Desmodium canadense adds soil nitrogen and has tiny hairs along its stems, leaves and seedpods, facilitating seed distribution by passing mammals and humans. The nectar, pollen, seeds and foliage of this species appeal to a number of insects, birds and mammals.

Characteristics that distinguish Showy Tick Trefoil from Desmodium illinoense (Illinois Tick Trefoil) are its shorter seedpods, much-shorter leaf-stem connecting the compound leaf to the stem and smaller, more deciduous leafy bracts at the base of the leaf-stem.

This is a legume species (member of the pea family).  Most legumes harbor beneficial bacteria called rhizobia on their roots.  Prairie Moon provides genus-specific strains of this bacterium called inoculum for legume seed free of charge with the purchase of legume seed.  To properly inoculate your legume seed prior to planting, follow germination code I below.


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Catalog Number DES52F
Seeds / Packet 250
Seeds / Ounce 5,500
Germination Code A, J, I
Wetland Code FACU
Plant Spacing 2-3"
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 5 feet 
Bloom Color Purple 
Bloom Time July  Aug 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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1/4 oz. $4.80
1/2 oz. $7.80
1 oz. $12.00
1 lb. $180.00
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Desmodium canadense (Showy Tick Trefoil)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
BONAP Map Key
Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower) Desmodium illinoense (Illinois Tick Trefoil)
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