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BIDENS aristosa

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BIDENS aristosa

Plant Common Name

Bearded Beggarticks

Special Notice

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General Description

Pretty foliage and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers in summer and fall makes every gardener covet the bearded beggarticks. However, a copious production of two-pronged seeds that resemble ticks, readily snag in a pet's coat or on your pant legs. For this reason, this species warrants control to prevent rampant colonization across a landscape. Even though attractive in bloom, some people will always regard this wildflower as a weed.

Bearded beggarticks is a fast-growing annual native to the moist soils across eastern North America: Ontario and New England west to the eastern edge of the Great Plains. It grows upright with an open, somewhat rounded habit with many branches. Depending on the amount of sunlight and soil moisture, this beggartick matures knee to head high.

Bearded beggersticks leaves are compound with several long lance-like leaflets. Each dark green leaflet has jagged edges, somewhat like that seen on marijuana foliage! Flowers occur in late summer into the fall, up until the first hard freeze. Attracting bees and butterflies, the eight-petaled flowers have a small, flat disk center. If you deadhead - promptly cut off old flowers - the plant may produce another flush of new flowers into autumn.

Grow bearded beggarticks in any moderately to highly fertile soil with average drainage. Mucky soils, such as in a roadside ditch or meadow depression, are a particularly good habitat. If soil moisture is ample, full sun is tolerated, but in slightly drier situation, partial sun to partial shade (shade in the heat of the mid-afternoon) is best. Be diligent about removing seedlings control this plant's inevitable spread across your property. Use it in summer flower borders, butterfly gardens, or wildflower meadows. Cut the flowers to embellish and fill a vase indoors.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-65" / 45.7cm - 165.1cm

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Orange Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Bog Garden, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes