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Desmodium canadense - Showy Tick Trefoil

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A native perennial forb that supports a wide range of wildlife. The species grows in a variety of soil textures and moisture contents.

Showy Tick Trefoil is a prominent prairie legume, and as such, helps create fixed nitrogen in prairie soils. Fruits are chains of 3 to 5 segmented pods, so-called "stick-tights" that adhere to clothing. 

Seed Envelopes contain approximately 0.02 ounces of seed and cover about 5 to 10 square feet. 

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Desmodium canadense - Showy Tick Trefoil

Flower Color: Pink or Purple

Height: 3 to 6 Feet

Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Hydrology: Dry to Mesic Soils

Bloom Time: June to August

Plant Type: Perennial

Stratification: Cold Moist (CM) 60 Days

Attracts: Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Host Plant: Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly, Silver-spotted Skipper, Hoary Edge

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