Nodding beggartick, Bur marigold, Nodding beggarticks, Nodding bur marigold, Nodding burmarigold, Nodding burr-marigold, Sticktight
USDA Symbol: bice
USDA Native Status:
Numerous yellow flower heads nod increasingly as the flowers mature.
The species name cernua is Latin for nodding. Bur Marigold seeds are sometimes eaten by ducks. Where the range of this species and Smooth Bur Marigold (B. laevis) overlap in coastal areas, B. cernua is much less prevalent.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Root Type: Tap
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , YT
Native Distribution: Nova Scotia; in the east, mainly coastal to North Carolina; occurs inland on a local basis.
Native Habitat: Swamps and wet ground.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
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:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Bidens cernua in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bidens cernua in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bidens cernua
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff