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Bidens cernua (Nodding beggartick)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Bidens cernua

Nodding beggartick, Bur marigold, Nodding beggarticks, Nodding bur marigold, Nodding burmarigold, Nodding burr-marigold, Sticktight

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Purple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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 Directory

According 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 resources

USDA: Find Bidens cernua in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bidens cernua in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bidens cernua


Record Modified: 2010-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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