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Bidens aristosa (Bearded beggarticks)
Pyle, Lynn

Bidens aristosa

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 Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

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 one's clothing during autumn walks. They can be removed easily with the flat edge of a knife blade.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall. Often much shorter.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

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


USA: 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
Canada: ON
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 Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-07-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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