Bidens ferulifolia is a dazzling Mexican plant, which brings sunny color, casual style and easy care over a long season as an annual, perennial or a houseplant. Apache beggarticks has a low, spreading habit, small, finely divided bright green leaves and rich yellow daisies. It is a sun-loving and showy in bloom plant. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and require little deadheading.
A mix of open, broad petaled golden yellow flowers and airy, rich green foliage make Bidens ferulifolia an excellent choice as a filler, companion or feature plant.
Common names: Apache Beggarticks, fern-leaved beggar-ticks
Synonyms: Bidens procera
Family: sunflower family Asteraceae
Genus: Bidens. The common names of Bidens include beggarticks, black jack, burr marigolds, cobbler’s pegs, Spanish needles, stickseeds, tickseeds and tickseed sunflowers – which refer to the bristly fruits that end in two sharp barbs and tend to stick to clothes or animals’ fur. Just a great adaptation for seeds dispersal. The genus name are of the same character. Bidens comes from the Latin bi (two) and dens (tooth).
Native: Southwestern United States, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia
Plant type: Tender Perennial
Hardiness: Tender. USDA 8-11
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained, Light, Moist, Loam, Sand, Neutral pH
Moisture: Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Flowering period: Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Flower color: Yellow
Height: 15 cm – 30.5 cm (6 in – 12 in)
Spread: 30.5 cm – 61.0 cm (12 in – 24 in)
Cultivars: ‘Golden Eye’, ‘Yellow Charm’, ‘Golden Goddess’, ‘Gold Marie’, ‘Peter’s Gold Carpet’.
Propagation: by seed or stem cuttings. Divide in September to April.
Uses: Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border
Tips: If grown as a perennial it will develop into quite a large herbaceous plant. It can also be grown as one ingredient of a hanging basket scheme, and discarded after flowering.
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