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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)

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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

Regional

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

Daytona Beach, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Sanibel, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

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

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.