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Annual- Smooth Beggartick

Smooth Beggartick photo by Robert H. Mohlenbrock
Common Name: Smooth Beggartick, Bur Marigold

Botanical Name: Bidens laevis

Family: Asteraceae

Description: California native, Daisy-like annual which grows to 1-3 feet

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Moderate water

Soil: Will tolerate alkaline soils, and soils with poor drainage

Habit and form: Grows in wetter areas of the garden.  In the wild, grows in marshy areas, along creeks and pond edges.

Flower type: Daisy-like petals, prominent blooms

Flower color & bloom season: Yellow flowers; blooms from summer through fall

Pruning time & method: Can control reseeding by deadheading before seed sets

Maintenance tips: Annual, but reseeds readily. Cut back in winter or after frost


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