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Thursday - October 12, 2006

From: Oak Harbor, OH
Region: Midwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Photo of plant Beggar Tick
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for information and a photo of the plant Beggar Tick. Thank you.

ANSWER:

There are at least 13 species in our Native Plants Database with the common name of beggar's ticks in the Genus Bidens. The Bidens spp. are in the Family Asteraceae. There is also another plant called beggar's ticks, Desmodium psilophyllum, in the Family Fabaceae (Pea Family).

You can select "Distribution" from the menu at the top of the page for each species to determine if it occurs in your state.

 

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