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Bidens – The Versatile, Long-Blooming Herbaceous Perennial

Bidens cultivars (Beggarticks) is a versatile and prolific blooming herbaceous perennial. It is in the daisy family (Asteraceae) and has a classic daisy flower. It can have a single, semi-double, or double bloom. The classic color is yellow, but the blooms can also be white, pink, orange, or red. The flowers are fragrant with a sweet, honey scent that bees and butterflies adore.

Bidens are a great addition to your garden. Whether you want to spruce up your pots with a bright, long-bloomer or a plant to trail over a retaining wall, Bidens are a great choice. They also work successfully as a ground cover and in hanging baskets. Bidens will remain green year-round in the Bay Area’s mild climate, continuing to enliven your yard from spring through to the fall.

Their bright blooms are enhanced by attractive, soft, feathery mid-green foliage, which always looks fresh and new. However they are also tough plants and are drought-tolerant once established and very easy to grow. Plant with taller perennials, such as Echinacea and Penstemon for a beautiful summer display.

USDA Zones: 8-11.


Buy Bidens Pop Star at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Bidens ferulifolia ‘Pop Star’ is a lovely golden yellow with large, single blooms. The plant reaches 12″ tall by 18″ wide. Visited by butterflies.

Buy Bidens Sweety at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Bidens ferulifolia ‘Sweety’ produces bright yellow semi-double blooms. Grows 12″ tall by 18″ wide. Attracts butterflies.


Planting and Care for Bidens species

  • Plant in full sun or part shade. Bidens like at least 4 hours of sun a day for abundant blooms.
  • Plant in soil with good drainage to avoid root rot.
  • Mix in compost rich in humus.
  • Preferred pH is lightly acidic to neutral.
  • Fertilize regularly with an organic general purpose fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Organics All Purpose Plant Food.
  • Water regularly for healthy plants and a long bloom period.
  • No need to dead head, plants will look good throughout the growing season without pruning.
  • Cut back after blooming in the fall or winter to reinvigorate plants and improve appearance for the next season.