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Bidens aristosa

Common Name(s):
Bur marigold, Sticktight, Tick seed
Categories:
Annuals, Herbs, Native Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Bidens aristosa, also called Bur-marigold, is used mainly for landscape beautification. It has a potential for use in cultivated, garden situations, in naturalized prairie or meadow plantings, and along roadsides.

This plant is used mainly for landscape beautification. It has the potential for use in cultivated, garden situations, in naturalized prairie or meadow plantings, and along roadsides.  

Bur marigold is an upright annual (sometimes biennial) herb (1-5 feet tall) with a taproot.

Regions:  Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

   Blooms: Fall             Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall, winter

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. Nectar from flowers attracts butterflies and bees. Its seeds are eaten by songbirds and ducks.  Members of the genus Bidens support the following specialized beeDieunomia (Dieunomia) heteropoda.  

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: 

Season:
Fall
Light:
Sun, part shade
Height:
1-5 .ft
Foliage:
The alternate leaves are pinnately or bipinnately dissected, with each segment lanceolate and toothed or lobed on the margin.
Flower:
Bur marigold plants produce numerous solitary flower heads held on long stalks from September to October; each head is 1-2 inches across and bright yellow with a yellow center. Seeds are dark brown, flattened, and have two prongs that project from one end.
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Bur marigold grows and flowers best in full sun, but is also adapted to partial shade. Plants are often found growing in the open shade along the edge of a woodland. It is adapted to most soil types, except for very sandy soils. Natural stands are generally found on moist sites such as in ditches, marshes, and wet meadows.
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Life Cycle:
Annual
Tags:
sun, annual, wildflower, bees, yellow, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, fall, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2852

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