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Bidens laevis (Smooth Beggartick)

Smooth Beggartick, Smooth Bidens, Smooth Bur Marigold, Larger Bur Marigold, Brook Sunflower, Bidens elegans, Bidens nashii, Helianthus laevis


Bidens laevis (Smooth Beggartick) is a fast-growing annual or short-lived perennial boasting a profusion of bright yellow daisies held on long erect stalks. Blooming from early summer to mid fall, the large blossoms feature 7-8 bright yellow ray florets surrounding a brown center disc. Rich in nectar, the flowers are a good pollen and nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. They are carried atop upright stems clad with narrow lance-shaped leaves, 2-6 in. long (5-15 cm), with finely toothed edges and pointed tips. The flowers give way to sharply barbed achenes. They tend to bend down under the weight of the seeds. Smooth Beggartick is native to the southern half of the United States, where it grows in wetlands, including estuaries and riverbanks. It is suitable for growing along bogs, marshes, ponds or streams.

  • Grows up to 1-6 ft. tall (30-180 cm). Will self-sow generously.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moist to wet soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun. This plant is tolerant of sand, loam and clay.
  • Welcomed addition to bog gardens, native plant gardens, along ponds and streams.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed (no treatment).
  • Native North, Central and South America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 6' (30cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 6' (30cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams

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