Florida Beggarweed (Desmodium tortuosum)

The Florida Beggarweed is a lovely green annual that was brought to the southern United States to improve the soil and to use as forage or a cover crop. They have many tiny sticky hairs on their stems and leaves so they tend to stick to clothing and animals. If allowed to seed they will return the following spring. The seeds are sometimes interseeded between corn rows for an additional benefit for wildlife. Quail are very fond of the seeds throughout the winter months, while it is a host plant for many skippers in the warmer months.

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Color(s): Blueish purple

Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun

Soil: Fertile, well drained

Average Height: 4 ft. - 8 ft.

Average Spread:

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10

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