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Desmodium canescens (Hoary ticktrefoil)
Brundage, Stephanie

Desmodium canescens

Desmodium canescens (L.) DC.

Hoary Ticktrefoil

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Desmodium canescens var. hirsutum, Desmodium canescens var. villosissimum, Meibomia canescens

USDA Symbol: DECA8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Oblong , Ovate
Leaf Base: Rounded
Fruit Type: Legume , Schizocarp
Size Notes: Stem ascending to erect, up to about 6 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Woodland,Savanna,Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand

Web Reference

Webref 78 - (2020) Missouri Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Desmodium canescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Desmodium canescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Desmodium canescens


Record Modified: 2022-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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