Desmodium canadense (L.) DC.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 0
Wetness Index: FAC
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Desmodium canadense B. S. Walters

In both dry and moist ground: river banks and shores, wet prairies and fens, borders of forests and thickets, sandy open ground (fields, clearings, prairie relics along roadsides and railroads).

This is both our most widespread and our showiest species in the genus, with red-purple flowers ca. 8–12 mm long.


Alcona County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Arenac County
    Only on Charity Island
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Cheboygan County
Clinton County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ontonagon County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. September 30, 2022.