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Beggartick, Bidens alba

Beggartick, Bidens alba


•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Bidens alba typically grows as an annual or perennial herbaceous plant, reaching heights of about 1 to 3 feet tall.

•Phenology: Annual or perennial herb with small white flowers that bloom year-round in favorable conditions.

•Life Cycle: Annual or perennial

•Bloom Season: Year-round in favorable conditions

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Moist to wet soil; tolerant of periodic flooding and can thrive in boggy conditions

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, wetland gardens, rain gardens, naturalized areas

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; prune as needed to control growth and remove spent flowers; may self-seed in favorable conditions

•Considerations: Bidens alba is highly attractive to pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, and provides important habitat and food for various wildlife species.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: While not typically consumed by humans, Bidens alba is valued as an ornamental plant and is not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used by Native American tribes for various medicinal purposes, including as a treatment for skin ailments and digestive issues.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Bidens alba is often found growing alongside other native plants in various habitats, including species such as Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) and Fireflag (Thalia geniculata).

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for insects and other wildlife. Larval host for the dainty sulphur (Nathalis iole) butterfly. Top nectar source for native bees in FL.

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