PlantFiles: Spanish Needle, Hairy Beggar-ticks, Pic„o Preto Bidens pilosa
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Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From herbaceous stem cuttings From woody stem cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On May 22, 2007, Campfiredan from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This one grows all over the place in my neighborhood and when the little sticky seeds get into your socks it can be a pain. But the boiled greens are delicious and a small amount of the tenderest new growth is a tasty spicy addition to salads. I am spreading it around in my "lawn" (more by neglect than by seeding). It is a weed in the fields of a farmer friend of mine and rather than curse at it he actually sells it in the local farmers market where people pay good money for it as greens -- they probably pull it up every week from their yards and then go pay for it at the market. Per 100 gm serving it contains 2.8 gms of protein, 111 mg of calcium, and 2.3 mg of iron. Eat your weeds!