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Bidens frondosa
leafy beggar-ticks, devil's pitchfork, sticktight

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east across North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Shores of ponds, lakes, backwater channels, and other wetland areas at low elevations, often where disturbed.

Flowers: June-October

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, nearly glabrous throughout, 2-12 dm. tall.


Leaves with petioles 1-6 cm. long, pinnately compound, with 3-5 lanceolate, pointed, serrate leaflets up to 10 cm. long and 3 cm. wide.


Heads without rays, the disk about 1 cm. wide; outer involucral bracts 5-8, green and leafy, surpassing the orange disk.


Achenes flat, narrowly wedge-shaped, dark brown, 5-10 mm. long, with persistant pappus of 2 barbed awns.

Identification Notes:

The leaves of Bidens frondosa have long, slim petioles, while the similar B. tripartita has leaves with winged petioles.

Accepted Name:
Bidens frondosa L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 832. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Bidens frondosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Bidens frondosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Bidens frondosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Bidens frondosa photos.

USDA Plants: Bidens frondosa information.

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