$4.95 – $8.95
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 2-5 feet
Bloom Color: Dark Pink
Bloom Season: July – August
Suggested Uses: Showy Tick Trefoil is a relatively tall legume that has showy pink flowers. It has “sticky” seeds which will attach to clothing. It is a good plant to use for restoration of wet meadows, shoreline and for rain gardens. It is a great option for heavy clay soils. Upland gamebirds enjoy the seeds.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest and Northeast. Native throughout Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds. Host plant for the Eastern Tailed Blue and Gray Hairstreak butterflies.
Flowers: The 1/2″ pea-like flowers bloom in a long terminal cluster.
Leaves: The compound leaves are divided into 3 oblong leaflets. The entire plant is hairy.
Other Uses: It is good for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Makes a nice cut flower, as well.
Name: “Desmodium” means “long branch” or “chain” in Greek. Referring to the formation of the seed pods. They stick to your clothes – thus the common name “tick.”
More information: USDA plant profile