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BIDENS triplinervia var. macrantha

Image of Bidens triplinervia var. macrantha

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

BIDENS triplinervia var. macrantha

Plant Common Name

Golden Eye Beggarticks

Special Notice

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General Description

A large, shrubby perennial with ferny leaves along wiry stems and yellow daisy-like broad-petaled flowers in profusion in fall. It is native from Mexico to South America and close kin to coreopsis and cosmos. Beggar’s tick is a short, spreading tender evergreen that is native from Arizona to Guatemala. The leaves are narrow, ferny or fennel-like. The flowers appear on long, nodding, wiry stems, which makes bidens a good plant to be used as an annual in a hanging basket or a container. It will make a low mound of airy leaves, cover the mound with flowers and spread a fringe of trailing flower stems. This species is also known as fern-leaved beggar’s tick and Apache beggar’s tick because the seeds have two small hooks that catch readily on socks, pants, and fur.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 12

  • 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (3)

  • Width

    3'-19' / 0.9m - 5.8m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, Argentina

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes