Broadleaf Weed – Hairy Beggarticks

(Bidens alba)

Also commonly known as Common Beggarticks, Romerillo and Spanish Needles, Hairy Beggarticks is an annual and sometimes perennial broadleaf weed that thrives in almost all disturbed areas, including poorly maintained turfgrass. Bidens albais found mainly in Florida and other subtropical areas, although it can also be found throughout much of the eastern United States.

Identifying Hairy (common) Beggarticks -

Hairy Beggarticks (or Spanish Needles) can be identified by its smooth, erect to spreading stems which often root at lower nodes. Its leaves are stalked, with three to nine leaflets. The leaf edges are serrated and hairy on the undersides.

These pests features flowers that are daisy-like. The outer flowers feature white petals while the center features a disc of many smaller, yellow flowers. It reproduces by seeds which can attach to fur or clothing.

Hairy (common) Beggarticks Control-

Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Hairy Beggarticks by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) can be effective, although you will run the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping.

Hairy Beggarticks

Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Hairy Beggarticks in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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