Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: Red/Pink, Blue/Violet

Attributes: Butterfly host plant, Drought tolerant, Clay soil tolerant

Height: 60-180 cm (23-70 in)


Like other members of the pea or legume family, the roots of the round-head bush-clover contain nitrogen-fixing organisms that convert nitrogen from the air to a form that other plants can use. Tick Trefoil is the butterfly host plant for the Gray Hairstreak and Eastern-tailed Blue. It is an important source of food for numerous kinds of song and game birds. The seeds are sticky, so avoid planting where you can brush against it.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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