Desmodium canadense

Common name: Showy Tick Trefoil

Native plant

Showy Tick Trefoil is a spike of bright pink to cheer the eye and feed the bees. (As well as fixing a bit of nitrogen on the side) In nature look for it along, but rarely in, wet and moist areas. I have found in in black soil prairie, usually in pan areas that get wet and then dry down. Showy and vivdly pink it growes best with other species of similar size and singular plants may sprawl. It can grow quickly in good soil and has a fairly deep taproot.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Savannas, Wetlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

Drought Resistant Nitrogen fixer

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