Organic Showy Tick Trefoil Seeds (Desmodium Canadense)
undreds of rose-coloured, pea-like flowers occur in dense, nodding clusters at the tops of the stems, which are covered with velvety hairs. The effect is more attractive in colonies than with isolated plants.
Organic Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium Canadense)Hundreds of rose-coloured, pea-like flowers occur in dense, nodding clusters at the tops of the stems, which are covered with velvety hairs.
The effect is more attractive in colonies than with isolated plants, and tight plantings can help counter a tendency to sprawl. The nectar, pollen, seeds and foliage of this lovely plant appeal to a number of insects, birds and mammals, and it is a larval host plant for numerous species of butterflies. In the wild, the distinctively jointed fruits, called loments, break into segments that stick to clothes and animal fur, thus facilitating seed dispersal.
How to GrowBefore planting, pour 180 degrees F water over the seeds and soak them overnight to soften the seed coat and speed germination. After the last frost of spring, direct sow ¼” deep and keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which should occur within 10-15 days. To start the seed indoors, sow them in a flat 4-6 weeks before the last frost of spring; keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination. Thin or transplant seedlings.
This plant tolerates most soils with the exception of heavy clay. Water seedlings until they have become established; mature plants can tolerate some drought, but appreciate occasional watering in dry periods. In favorable locations, this plant will self-sow readily.