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Desmodium glutinosum - (Willd.) Alph.Wood

Common Name Pointed-leaved Ticktrefoil
Family Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Richer soils of woods and savannas where there is partial shade and mesic to dry moisture conditions.
Range Native to eastern North America.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Desmodium glutinosum Pointed-leaved Ticktrefoil


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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

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Synonyms

D. acuminatum (Michx.) DC. D. erythrynaefolium (Poir.) DC. D. glutinosum (Willd.) Schindl. D. glutinosum f. glutinosum. Hedysarum acuminatum Michx. Hedysarum erythrinaefolium Poir. Hedysarum erythrinaefolium Jussieu ex Poiret. Hedysarum glutinosum Willd. Meibomia acuminata (Michx.) S.F.Blake. Meibomia erythrinifolia (Poir.) 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. Attracts: Butterflies. Larval Host: Eastern Tailed Blue, Silver-spotted Skipper. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods.

Special Uses

Food Forest  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

A perennial wildflower found in part shade, shade; woods, and thickets. Prefers partial sun to medium shade, moist to dry-mesic conditions, and loamy soil with decaying organic matter. Clay-loam and rocky soil are also tolerated. Bloom Time: June to August. Bloom Color: Pink. 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].

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Propagation

Seed.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Pointed-leaf Tick-trefoil, Large-flower tickclover

Found In

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

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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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