Showy Tick—Trefoil

Desmodium canadense
Desmodie du Canada
Native to Canada
Clearings and borders
Full Sun
Sand to Clay
Up to 5 feet (160 cms)

Blooms in:

Summer - Zone 5

Bloom Colors:

Pink, Purple


Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbird



Showy Ticktrefoil is a native erect perennial forb growing from 3 to 6 feet high on leafy stems that branch at the inflorescence. The stem is green, taking on some reddish vertical color lines toward maturity, and has fine white hair.

Showy Ticktrefoil grows from a taproot and prefers full to at least partial sun in richer soils with wet to moist to mesic conditions. Seeds can be planted fall or spring and produce vigorous seedlings.

The flowers can be dense on the spikes, each has a stalk that also has reddish tones and short stiff hairs.


Companion Plants

Maidenhair fern, hog peanut, wood anemone, spikenard, Jack-in-the-pulpit and wild strawberry.

Care Checklist

It may be subject to powdery mildew. So, proper care is required.

More Information

Attracts Butterflies. Deer Resistant. Drought Tolerant. Makes Great Cut Flowers.


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