Showy Tick-trefoil

Botanical Name: Desmodium canadense

Height: Tall, about 1.4 m

Season of bloom: Summer.

Growing Conditions: Sun. Lean, well-drained soil.

Wildlife benefits: A good host plant for caterpillars of Eastern Tailed Blue Butterflies and  Gray Hairstreak. Seeds are eaten by game birds and small mammals.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Seed originally from Central Ontario.

Remarks: An attractive plant for meadows. Be cautious about introducing to gardens because sticky seeds can be a nuisance in dog’s fur.

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