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Desmodium canadense - (L.) DC.

Common Name Showy tick-trefoil
Family Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 3-6
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Moist to mesic black soil prairies, moist meadows along rivers, borders of lakes, thickets, limestone glades, and areas along railroads where prairie remnants occur.
Range Native to eastern North America.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Desmodium canadense Showy tick-trefoil


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Desmodium canadense is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4.
It can fix Nitrogen.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Hedysarum canadense L. [Spelling variant]. Hedysarum canadensis L. Meibomia canadensis (L.) Kuntze.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Nitrogen Fixer: A member of the Legume Family, it improves the soil by adding nitrogen. Dynamic Accumulator: Deep Taproot. Wildlife Food: The seeds are used by a variety of birds and other wildlife. Like many other members of the Bean family, this plant is highly edible to various mammalian herbivores, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and livestock. Some upland gamebirds and small rodents eat the seeds, including the Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, and White-Footed Mouse. Insectory. Cut flowers.

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator  Food Forest  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

An erect herbaceous perennial forb. Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade. Soil Type: Loamy, Silty. Soil Moisture: Moderate, Dry. Soil pH: 5.0 - 8.0. Indifferent to soil acidity. Growth Rate: Moderate. Life Span: Long-Lived Perennial. Stand Persistence: Long. Form: Upright. Texture: Medium. Minimum Root Depth: 0.2m or 8 inches. Root Type: Rhizome. Seasonal Interest: Summer. Fruit Type: Pod. Flower Color: Pink. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8. Drought: Tolerant. Flood: Moderate. Salt: Moderate. Soil Compaction: Moderate. Mowing: Tolerant. Fire Damage: Tolerant. Cold Injury: Infrequent. Disease Issues: Minor. Insect/Pest Damage: Minor. Growing Season: Warm. Bloom Time: Summer - Late Summer [318-1]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is a tap root similar to a carrot going directly down [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed. Stratify seed at 33-38 deg. F for 10 days, need scarification.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Showy Tick Trefoil, Canadian tick-trefoil, Canada tickclover.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Highly adaptable, this plant can take over a small garden.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Desmodium caudatum Shrub1.5 -  LMHNM01 
Desmodium cinereumRensoni. TickcloverPerennial2.0 9-11 FLMHNMWe004
Desmodium elegans Shrub1.5 5-9  LMHNM02 
Desmodium glutinosumPointed-leaved TicktrefoilPerennial0.9 3-9 FLMSNM003
Desmodium intortumPega-pega. BeggarlicePerennial1.5 10-12 FLMHFSNMWe003
Desmodium paniculatumPanicled tick trefoilPerennial1.0 4-10 FLMHSNDM003
Desmodium styracifoliumGuang Jing Qian Cao, Coin-leaf desmodiumPerennial0.8 0-0  LMHNM02 
Desmodium triflorumThree-flower beggarweed, Three-flower tick-trefoilAnnual/Perennial0.2 10-12 FLMHFSNM022
Desmodium uncinatumSilverleaf desmodium. Spanish tick-cloverPerennial2.0 10-12 FLMHSNDMWe003

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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