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Tick Trefoil

Desmodium spp.

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.

Photo of Tick Trefoil Seed Pod

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