Species Guide: Urban Wildflowers


Beggarticks, Rumput juala

Bidens alba, Bidens pilosa

A plant from the daisy or sunflower family. It is used by beekeepers as a source of nectar and pollen for bees. Its lower leaves are simple but upper leaves are compound with 4-6 leaflets. Bidens alba has 5-8 ‘petals’ longer than 1cm long, Bidens pilosa has 4-7 ‘petals’ that are less than 1 cm long.

Status: Least concern, Introduced (Central/South America)

Habit: Annual herbaceous

Cultivation: Planted by seeds or transplanting

Ecological Function: Attracts pollinators, ground cover

Pollinators:  Bees, butterflies, thrips

Soil: Sand, clay, loam, organics soils

Moisture: Moist, well drained and dry soils

Shade: No shade

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