Desmodium canadense
(Showy Tick Trefoil)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Showy Tick Trefoil, Hoary Tick Trefoil, Hoary Tick Clover, Showy Tick Clover, Canada Tick Trefoil, Canada Tick Clover
    Synonyms: Meibomia canadensis
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Desmodium canadense, or Showy Tick Trefoil, is native to the northeastern quarter of the United States, as well as some of the central US. It grows in open prairies and meadows, as well as along woodland edges and open woods, usually in drier, sandy soil. It blooms in mid summer, with beautiful pink-purple flowers.

There are a number of Desmodium species in the United States, and most are very similar. Many are differentiated on the basis of their leaves and seed pods, and a few other factors, like the presence of hair or stipules. Desmodium canadense is a tall species with a very showy group of flowers, but some species look similar. More comparison information and photos will be posted at a later time.

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