Common roadside species 1

adidas(6/7)August 6, 2014

Could someone tell me what this is? NC mtns, wet woods, roadside....but probably grows everywhere :)!

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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

I bet it's gonna be....Bidens (not sure of species)..aka beggarticks. Expect yellow cosmos (close cousin) like flowers starting soon till frost.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 10:12AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

What dbarron said.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 10:25AM
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pnbrown

Beggar's tick is Bidens Alba. Probably the most common weed in florida.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 10:45AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Bidens frondosa or B. vulgata. Don't expect showy flowers.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:02AM
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esh_ga

Agree with Bidens.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:02AM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

My Bidens (course I'm out West), are quite showy...
The species I have seen is B. aristosa...

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:15AM
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adidas(6/7)

Thank-you everyone! Bidens it is! I don't think the leaves or stems match those of B. alba...the stems are red and green. I also understand that B. frondosa and B. vulgata are very similar....am I right to assume that I need to wait 'til it flowers to count the number of leafy bracts around the flower to be able to determine which it is? I don't care much about showy flowers but w/limited space in this disturbed area I prefer species like Joe Pye, goldenrod, Asclepias...I read that quite a few species eat the foliage of beggar's tick so as long as it doesn't out compete everything else I'll keep it :) Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:18AM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

It will quite successfully reseed...in a moist environment.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:23AM
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