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: 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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