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Common Beggarticks Bidens alba


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Common Beggarticks
credit: Forest & Kim Starr/CCSA

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Alternate name: Romerillo

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description Herbaceous annual or short-lived perennial. Taproot.
Habit: erect, 1-5' tall.
Leaves: opposite, simple or pinnately compound, toothed, 2-7" long.
Flower: daisy-like, 1-2" wide, with white petals radiating from a domed white disk.
Seed: long, thin, adheres to clothing, feathers and fur.

Habitat Disturbed areas.

Range Native to southeast U.S. from Alabama to North Carolina. Introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusets, Pennsylavania, Missouri, Louisiana, New Mexico.

Discussion Listed as invasive in Hawaii. Also known as: hairy beggar's tick, romerillo, Spanish needles.