Fern-leaved beggar-ticks Bidens ferulifolia

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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B. ferulifolia is a spreading, short-lived perennial to 30cm in height, grown as an annual, with small, finely divided bright green leaves and rich yellow daisies 3-4cm across

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Apache Beggarticks, Fern-leaved Beggarticks, Fernleaf Beggarticks, Yellow Bidens

    • Common names

      Bidens ferulifolia.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: Bidens ferulifolia, commonly known as Apache Beggarticks, is known for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden, which is essential for plant reproduction and ecosystem health.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, this plant is considered drought-tolerant, making it a sustainable choice for xeriscaping and in areas with water restrictions.
    • Low maintenance: Apache Beggarticks generally requires little care, thriving in a variety of soil types and only needing occasional deadheading to promote further blooming.
    • Aesthetic appeal: With its bright yellow flowers and fern-like foliage, it adds color and texture to garden beds, borders, and containers, enhancing the visual interest of a landscape.
    • Frost resistance: This species can tolerate light frost, making it suitable for gardens in cooler climates where late or early frosts might occur.
    • Fast growth: Apache Beggarticks tends to grow quickly, providing rapid ground cover and filling in landscape areas efficiently.
    • Versatility: It can be used in various landscape designs, including rock gardens, wildflower meadows, and as edging plants.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Bidens ferulifolia, commonly known as Apache beggarticks, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of yellow and gold hues depending on the mordant used.
    • The flowers of the Apache beggarticks can be pressed and included in decorative crafts such as bookmarks, paper making, or pressed flower art thanks to their vibrant color and delicate structure.
    • In companion planting, Apache beggarticks may serve as a decoy plant, drawing away pests like aphids from more valuable crops or garden plants.
    • Due to its dense foliage, Apache beggarticks can be employed in garden design to provide ground cover, suppressing weeds and reducing garden maintenance.
    • The plant can be used in floral arrangements, serving as a filler because of its bright yellow flowers and fern-like foliage that add texture and contrast.
    • Apache beggarticks seeds may be used in bird feed mixtures to attract a variety of seed-eating birds to the garden, creating a lively atmosphere.
    • The stems and foliage of Apache beggarticks, when dried, can be employed in the construction of natural insect repellent sachets or bundles.
    • In educational settings, Apache beggarticks is an ideal candidate for biology lessons or gardening clubs, as it is easy to grow and allows students to observe pollination and ecosystem interactions.
    • Residents of regions where Apache beggarticks is native may use its prevalence as a source of affordable landscaping material, benefiting from its hardiness and low water requirements.
    • Fine arts practitioners may utilize Apache beggarticks as a natural subject or model for drawing, painting, and photography, capturing the beauty of native flora.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Apache beggarticks is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Apache beggarticks is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Persistence: Sometimes referred to as "tickseeds" or "beggarticks," Bidens ferulifolia's seeds stick to clothing and animal fur, symbolizing the idea of sticking with something or someone, no matter what.
    • Resilience: This plant can thrive in a variety of conditions, often seen in wild or disturbed sites, which makes it a symbol of the ability to endure and adapt to different environments.
    • Attraction: Known for its bright, golden-yellow flowers, Bidens ferulifolia may represent attraction or the act of drawing someone or something toward oneself, as the flowers draw in pollinators.

Every 2-3 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Golden Fleece should be watered regularly, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. It's often enough to water this plant about once per week, but this frequency may need to increase during hot or dry periods. When watering, ensure that you provide sufficient water to moisten the soil thoroughly without waterlogging it. A general guideline is to use approximately 16 to 24 ounces of water for a medium-sized pot every seven days, adjusting as necessary for the plant size and environmental conditions.

  • sunLight

    Golden Fleece thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for this plant is where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, in extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade will prevent scorching of the leaves. Avoid deep shade, as it may lead to sparse flowering and a leggy growth habit.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Golden Fleece prefers warm conditions and can tolerate temperatures from about 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not frost-tolerant, so take caution to protect it or bring it indoors if temperatures are expected to fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Golden Fleece is necessary to encourage fullness and more prolific blooming. Pinch back the tips of the stems periodically throughout the growing season. The best time for more extensive pruning is in early spring or late winter, just before new growth begins. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to keep the plant looking tidy and to stimulate new blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Apache Beggarticks thrive in well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of garden soil, peat, and perlite or sand in equal parts creates an ideal environment for healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Apache Beggarticks typically do not require frequent repotting. Assess the plant annually and repot every 2 to 3 years or when roots become pot-bound to promote continued health and vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Apache Beggarticks are adaptable to a variety of humidity levels but prefer moderate ambient humidity. Average room humidity should be sufficient, avoiding extremely dry or overly humid environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Apache Beggarticks in bright, indirect light, and avoid overwatering for best results.

    • Outdoor

      Grow Apache Beggarticks in full sun to part shade in well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Apache beggarticks (Bidens ferulifolia) begins its life as a seed that requires well-drained soil and sunlight to germinate. Upon sprouting, the seedling develops a taproot and a rosette of fern-like leaves while it establishes itself. As it matures into a vegetative stage, it forms a bushy plant that grows to about 30 cm in height, with extensive branching and further foliage development. Following the vegetative phase, the plant enters the flowering stage, typically in summer to early fall, producing small, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that attract pollinators. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into barbed seed heads that easily cling to animals, aiding in dispersal. The lifecycle concludes when ripe seeds fall or are carried to a new location, where they can remain dormant until conditions are suitable for the next generation to begin.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Bidens ferulifolia, commonly known as Apache Beggarticks or Goldeneye, is through seed. Propagation time is generally in the spring after all danger of frost has passed, which provides optimal conditions for seed germination. To propagate by seed, scatter the seeds lightly on the surface of a well-drained seed starting mix soil, as they require light for germination. Gently press down the seeds for contact but do not cover them with soil. Water the soil lightly and keep it consistently moist until germination, which typically occurs within 7 to 14 days at a temperature of approximately 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 degrees Celsius). Once seedlings have grown large enough to handle, they should be thinned out and can be transplanted to their final growing locations.