Florida Beggarweed (Desmodium tortuosum)

Florida Beggarweed (Desmodium tortuosum)

Also known as “Dixie Ticktrefoil”. The leaves, stems and seeds are covered in tiny hairs that catch on hair, clothing and fur. Some grow this weed to attract a particular kind of butterfly to their garden.

Structure: Upright growth with stick leaves and stems

Life Cycle: Warm-season annual

What To Look For: Elliptical to oblong leaflets in groups of 3 (trifoliate); covered in short, stiff hairs that stick to clothing; paired, pink to bluish-green pea-shaped flowers

Growth Period: April to September