Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Sand Tick Trefoil
Desmodium lineatum

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Desmodium (des-MOH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: lineatum (lin-ee-AY-tum) (Info)

Vines and Climbers

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By plantladylin
Thumbnail #1 of Desmodium lineatum by plantladylin

By plantladylin
Thumbnail #2 of Desmodium lineatum by plantladylin


No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative alfu On Oct 6, 2011, alfu from Gainesville, FL wrote:

Protected or endangered? What a joke -- this beggar's tick is everywhere here. On my list of zero-tolerance weeds due to the sticky seeds. The plant's runners are VERY strong; trying to get it out of the lawn results in a mess looking like it was made by rooting feral pigs. September thru October is the time here to mow aggressively to prevent seed stalks from maturing.

Neutral htop On Feb 26, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is classified as an Endangered Species in Maryland and on the West Virginia Watch List. It is listed as Critically Imperiled in Florida.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daytona Beach, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Sanibel, Florida

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America