Oct. 6, 2018

nodding beggar-ticks, Bidens cernua

Nodding beggar-ticks is one of my favorite aster family plants for showing the compound nature of their flower heads. The center flowers are perfect minature five-lobed flowers that are easily seen with the naked eye. This may also be one of the showier beggar-ticks, often forming large stands along shores or in damp areas. In very good locations, the plants can be over ten feet tall. In less favorable spots they may be only a few inches. The flower heads may be nodding or erect. The heads are typically about an inch and a quarter across. Nodding beggar-ticks is very wide spread, occurring in every state and province except FL, HI, SC, LB, and NF; also in Eurasia. Lenawee Co MI, 9/18/10.