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Tickseed sunflower

Bidens aristosa

This fast-growing annual of the Midwestern wet meadows grows to 4 or 5 feet tall. Hundreds of 2-inch golden daisies with buttery tips and dark, fringed eyes smother fine foliage in late summer. Be cautioned, this plant generously self-sows, and is on Kentucky’s invasive plant list.

PropagationSow seed in spring.

ProblemsPossible invasive tendencies. Mottle virus, Cercospora leaf spot, white smut, downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, leaf miners, aphids.

  • Genus : Bidens
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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