Illinois Tick Trefoil (Desmodium illinoense)

Subdued flower color, but the "spikelet" flower structure adds structrual interest to the summer prairie. A nitrogen fixing native legume of dry-mesic Illinois prairies. 


  • Acronym: DESILE
  • Life-Cycle: Perennial
  • Bloom Color: Light Purple
  • Bloom Time: July - August
  • Typical Height: 36"
  • Light Preference: Full Sun - Part Sun
  • Soil Preference: Dry
  • Root Structure: Taproot
  • Stratification: None Required
  • Seeds per Ounce: 4,300*
  • Seeds per Packet: 100*


Other scientific names used for this species:

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Other common names used for this species:

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*Approximate, actual number of seeds may vary slightly by seed lot.

Desmodium illinoense - Per Ounce