Weed or free ground cover?

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Date Photo Taken: 09/08/2012
Location: Roswell, GA
Posted By: sdbrophy


This lovely creeper just showed up this year and has lovely little pink flowers so I’m wondering if I should yank it out quick or let it fill in. We did not have this plant for the past 5 YEARS!! It just appeared in our courtyard and I don’t know where it came from.
Keep or kill?


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Desmodium rotundifolium. Free ground cover but, patience may be required! I’ve only seen small patches of this in the field. It seems to prefer indirect morning sun and filtered afternoon sun. It has tough woody crown and upper root. I’ve seen it come back on shaded street right of ways after extreme drought conditions. I think it dies completely back during the winter. It is a member of the wild pea family and its common name is prostrate ticktrefoil AKA one of the beggarlices. http://sparkleberrysprings.com/v-web/b2/index.php?p=1976

    September 10th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Bobby – thanks for introducing me to the Sparkleberry Springs website….I learned a new word: loment.

    As in “Dang, I’ve got loments all over my pants!!”

    September 10th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  3. sdbrophy Registered says:

    Thanks, Bobby! Good news it’s one less thing to fight — and it’s so lovely.

    September 11th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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