One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often treated as singular A plant of the daisy family with inconspicuous yellow flowers and small barbed fruit that cling to passing animals. Several kinds are widespread weeds.
Genus "Bidens", family "Compositae": several species, in particular "B. frondosa"Also called bur marigold
- ‘For instance, dock and beggarticks often indicate wet soil, while thistles and mullein indicate a dry soil.’
- ‘Hairy beggarticks can be found in thin turf and disturbed areas.’
- ‘Lets avoid watering the the Beggarticks excessively, always leaving the soil dry for a few days between one watering and the next.’
- ‘In our meadows and some of our wilder gardens, beggarticks have run rampant with all the rain we've had here in north Florida and the butterflies are loving it.’
Mid 19th century (also as beggar's ticks): apparently from the resemblance of the seed pods to ticks.
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