Desmodium canadense

Showy Tick-trefoil

A member of Ontario’s tallgrass prairie community, this plant needs lots of room to spread out. Rosy pink flower heads reach 4-5’ tall, and produce clusters of sticky flat burs that love to attach to unwary passers-by. A nitrogen fixing species!

Height: 3-5 feet

Sun Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Water Requirements: Adaptable to dry to moist soils

Flowers: Showy pink/purple flowers July to August

Attracts: Bees, birds, hummingbirds

Important Butterfly Larval Host