Join us for our next Pasture Walk August 22, 2024!

Smooth Tick Trefoil

Desmodium glabellum 

Seeds of this legume provide for birds like quail & turkey; mammals, including deer, rabbits, & livestock, dine on leaves



For quantity discount pricing, request a quote.


Desmodium glabellum, also known as Smooth Tick Trefoil, is a native perennial legume native to the south and eastern United States. Light pink to purplish flowers bloom June through September.  It grows in fields, woodland borders, and disturbed areas. It blooms in late summer into fall with medium size flowers.

Wildlife notes

The seeds are eaten by some upland gamebirds and small rodents, including the Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, and White-footed Mouse. Mammalian herbivores eat Tick Trefoils readily, including deer, rabbits, and groundhogs. Mammals help to distribute the seeds as the loments readily cling to their fur.

Forage notes

Livestock enjoy Desmodiums. Nitrogen is added to the soil through the root nodules.

Landscaping notes

Smooth Tick Trefoil prefers partial sun and mesic to slightly dry conditions. This plant usually grows in soil that contains loam, clay-loam, or some kind of rocky material.

Restoration notes

Habitats include savannas, rocky upland forests, edges of wooded areas, thickets, and limestone glades.

This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Shadows & Sunbeams.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

6 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month




Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.