Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Devil's Beggarticks - Bidens frondosa   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, though not known from the Outer Banks or other barrier islands.

N.S. to AK, south to FL, TX, and CA. Latin America.
AbundanceFrequent to common across the state, except very rare to absent along the Outer Banks and other barrier islands.
HabitatMoist to wet (or dryish) soils of meadows, marshes, floodplain forests, beaver pond marshes, ditches, and waste places.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationThis is an annual plant up to 3 feet tall and shrubby-branched. Leaves are cut into 3-5 lance-shaped segments, toothed along the margins. The heads are rayless but packed with 30-60 (or more) yellow disk florets. At the base of each head are typically 8 leaflike bracts in a circle, typically not all the same shape and size. B. vulgata is very similar, but differs in having 10-16 or so leaflike bracts (vs. 8 or so in B. frondosa) which are coarsely ciliate (vs. finely or sparsely so in that species). Both species have flat seeds with 2 awns -- the prototypical "Devil's Pitchforks."
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Devil's Pitchforks, Common Beggarticks
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, Jason Road at Wolf Creek, roadside meadow, Oct 2018. MoorePhoto_natural
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