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Beggar's Tick

Beggar’s tick is a native wildflower that attracts both bees and butterflies. A member of the daisy family, it blooms spring through fall with one-inch flowers with white petals and yellow centers.

Some gardeners use beggar’s tick in butterfly gardens and naturalized meadows, but many view it as a weed.

This prolific seed producer is capable of producing an average of 1,200 seeds per plant. And the seeds travel easily, thanks to the tiny claws that they use to hitch a ride on just about anything that walks by.

If beggar’s tick makes a surprise and unwanted appearance in your yard, try to remove the plants before they set seed.

Or, if you can embrace a more natural look, try leaving the plants for the bees and butterflies to enjoy.


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