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Trefoil as a host plant.

Posted by bob_71 z7 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 18, 11 at 14:36

I have been growing a native legume for the last two years that intrigues me. It is Showy Tick Trefoil and is reputed to be a host plant for the following butterflies, Silver Spotted Skipper, Long-tailed Skipper, Hoary Edge, Clouded Sulphur, Northern Cloudywing and Eastern Tailed Blue. So far it has (to my knowledge) served only the Sulphur. It is a low growing beast that spreads quickly each year to about six feet in all directions. The intriguing thing to me are the many-colored blooms that are small but very pretty. It is the "weed" that in my youth we called "Beggar's Ticks". The seeds might be recognizable to many of you as the hitchhiker that you once brought home on all your clothes.


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RE: Trefoil as a host plant.

Love the flowers, but hate the little hitch-hikers.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.


RE: Trefoil as a host plant.

Great Pictures!!!
So you have seeds to share?
It is listed as a native here in Texas but I've never seen it! It is listed as a host plant on the Dallas Butterfly site for Eastern Tailed Blue & Long Tailed Skipper.
Thanks for sharing!

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