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BIDENS ferulifolia 'Smiley'

Image of Bidens ferulifolia 'Smiley'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BIDENS ferulifolia 'Smiley'

Plant Common Name

Apache Beggarticks, Bidens, Smiley Bidens

General Description

Apache beggarstick is a floriferous evergreen tender perennial with a short, spreading habit. It is native from Arizona to Guatemala and adapted to hot, arid climates.

The cultivar ‘Smiley’ bears clear golden yellow daisy-like flowers in great profusion from midsummer to early fall. These contrast nicely with its ferny rich green leaves.

Beggarsticks require full sun and average soil with perfect drainage. Once established, plants are surprisingly heat and drought tolerant. The flowers of ‘Smiley’ appear on short, stems, which make it a good plant for hanging baskets or containers.

This species is also known as beggar’s ticks because the seeds have two small hooks that catch readily on socks, pants, and fur (but not skin), which allows for easy distribution.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, Africa, Asia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes