Desmodium triflorum

Three-flower beggarward

Other common names:

Creeping tick trefoil.



An annual or perennial weed that can easily be mistaken for clover or burr medic if the distinct mauve to purple pea-shaped flowers are not in show. The prostrate weed grows from a single woody taproot and can spread to be up to 50cm, often 10cm to 20cm, in diameter to form a mat. The weed has trifoliate leaves with three leaflets and are borne on stalks 5mm to 13mm long.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Hand removal of taproot.



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