Bidens: Native Wildflower or Weed?: Great Job Ann, I have to get me some Bidens.

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 Bidens: Native Wildflower or Weed?

By flaflwrgrl
October 20, 2014

"A weed is but an unloved flower.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox, author and poet, 1850 - 1919

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Oct 20, 2014 7:20 AM CST
That is one flower I don't have and it looks like a magnet for butterflies, so i think it is a must in the butterfly garden.
Very lovely and well detailed article. Smiling
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Oct 20, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Josephine, as a butterfly gardener, I agree it's a must have. Of course, as a native plant supporter, I'd say try to find whatever grows native to your area. Here in Florida, you could literally just dig these off the side of the road. People would probably let you take them right out of their yard. As you can see from my pictures, they attract butterflies of all sizes and shapes. I rarely see the Swallowtails on them, but I think that might be because they're not sturdy enough to support the butterfly. But it's great for the all the medium to small ones. They self-seed easy so once you have them, you've got them forever.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 20, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Thank you Josephine! On one of the other threads Jay posted a link which depicts which Bidens species are native in any given state.
http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Bidens

I can provide you with B. pilosa seeds if you like. That offer goes to anyone who wants B. pilosa seeds.

Melanie, we see the swallowtails on them here but they don't really seem to light on them for long; they tend to do more of a fluttering wings, hovering type thing.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Oct 20, 2014 1:26 PM CST
Now I am confused, because Bidens pilosa is not shown, on that map or maybe i missed it.
Maybe they are calling it by a different scientific name?

Oops sorry I missed it, it is there.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Oct 20, 2014 1:30 PM CST
Yes Ann I would love to have some seed of Bidens pilosa whenever it is convenient, thank you very much, Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 20, 2014 1:35 PM CST
frostweed said:Yes Ann I would love to have some seed of Bidens pilosa whenever it is convenient, thank you very much, Smiling


Send me a Tmail with your addy Josephine.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Oct 20, 2014 3:00 PM CST
O.K. I will, thank you very much. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 20, 2014 5:35 PM CST
Gotcha covered Josephine. Thumbs up



I will be happy to provide seeds for anyone else for an SASE. Just Tmail me.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 4, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Thanks Ann, that was very informative. Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 4, 2016 8:32 PM CST
I'm glad you enjoyed it Margaret. Smiling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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