Connecticut Plants
Sessile-leaved Tick-trefoil
Desmodium sessilifolium (Torr. ex M.A. Curtis) Torr. & Gray

Sessile-leaved tick trefoil is believed to no longer grow in Connecticut. This plant was photographed at the New England Wild Flower Society's rare plants garden.

  • Family: pea (Fabaceae)
  • Habitat: dry or sandy soil
  • Height: 2-4 feet
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch long
  • Flower color: pink
  • Flowering time: July to August
  • Origin: native
Desmodium sessilifolium (Torr.) Torr. & Gray
Desmodium sessilifolium (Torr.) Torr. & Gray

"Sessile-leaved" means the leaves have no stalk. That's not quite true of this plant -- the leaves tend to have very short stalks -- but close enough to give the plant its name.