Bidens aristosa (Michx.) Britton
Bearded beggarticks, Tickseed sunflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Bidens aristosa var. fritcheyi, Bidens aristosa var. mutica, Bidens aristosa var. retrorsa, Bidens involucrata, Bidens polylepis, Bidens polylepis var. retrorsa
USDA Symbol: BIAR
Slender, leafy, much-branched stems bearing several yellow, daisy-like flower heads.
The prickly fruit of Bidens species are known as beggars-ticks, the very common, 2-pronged stickers that cling to ones clothing during autumn walks. They can be removed easily with the flat edge of a knife blade.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Ontario; New England south to Georgia, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Wet meadows, roadside ditches, abandoned fields, and low ground.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Bidens aristosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bidens aristosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-05-28
Research By: TWC Staff