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Desmodium canadense

showy tick trefoil (Meibomia canadensis)

A beautiful and little known species, showy tick-trefoil's midsummer blooms are much beloved by bees. This tall plant will spread when the conditions allow it and, happily, it looks great in masses. This plant is a nitrogen fixer!

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Height: 18-36 in
Spread: 12-24 in
Hardiness Zone: 2-7


Bloom Color: Purple

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Dry
Wet
Ecoregion
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Compaction Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


showy tick trefoil - Desmodium canadense from Native Plant Trust
showy tick trefoil - Desmodium canadense from Native Plant Trust
showy tick trefoil - Desmodium canadense from Native Plant Trust