Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

With beautiful bright purple flowers, this plant stands out in the summer prairie. A nitrogen fixing native legume of mesic Illinois prairies. 


  • Acronym: DESCAA
  • Life-Cycle: Perennial
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: July - August
  • Typical Height: 48"
  • Light Preference: Full Sun - Part Sun
  • Soil Preference: Mesic
  • Root Structure: Taproot
  • Stratification: None Required
  • Seeds per Ounce: 5,500*
  • Seeds per Packet: 150*


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 canadense - Per Ounce