Tick Trefoil

Desmodium spp.

Photo of Tick Trefoil
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

There are 17 species of tick trefoil in New Jersey and they all share the flat, triangular seed that sticks like a tick. Flower is typical legume and varies from white through violet to blue.

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  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences