Bur-Marigold: Like the houseguest you can’t get rid of!

Bur-Marigolds are harder to get rid of than robocallers.  One walk through a patch of burthem and you’re doomed. They’ve ruined at least three pairs of socks this year, attaching SO many burrs to them that it would have taken me until Trump grew a soul to get them all out. Still, pretty and just trying to spread themselves out…

Bur Marigold in full flower; one of the few NOT sticking to me.

Bur Marigold Quick Facts

Name: Bur Marigold
Scientific Name: Bidens tripartita
Origin Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America
Shapes Round seed heads, covered in flat, dark brown seeds
Taste Bitter
Health benefits Treat urinary tract infections, kidney, respiratory ailment, prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding, eczema, ulcers, and minor skin injuries

Bidens tripartita with many common names including Bur Marigold, three-lobe Beggarticks, Three-part Beggarticks, Leafy-bracted Beggarticks, Trifid Bur-marigold, water agrimony, tickseed, Bastard agrimony , bastard hemp , bur marigold , hairy beggar-ticks , 3-lobe beggar ticks , lumb , needle grass , Spanish needles , sticktights and water hemp is a widespread annual plant native to large parts of the Northern hemisphere, including Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America, temperate east Asia, and slightly into northern Africa. It has naturalized in other areas. It is a flowering plant in the genus Bidens and is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). The plant’s genus name bidens is derives from Latin words “bis” meaning two and “dens” meaning teeth, referring to the two reflexed prickles located on the seed coats which allow the seeds to spread by adhering to human clothing or animal fur. Bidens tripartita was once known by the name Hipatorium due to the herb’s alleged invigorating effect on the liver.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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