September 19, 2017

Nodding Off

 

Bidens cernau | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Bidens cernau | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Bidens cernau | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Bidens cernau | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Say that something is a member of the sunflower family and most would immediately picture a golden bloom. Bidens cernua would not belie that image, with its golden rays and bloom time of late summer. Known as nodding bur-marigold, the plant gets the sleepy adjective by the way the flowers tend to nod as they age. This native herb prefers shores and marshes as its habitat and can grow upwards of 3 feet tall. The other common name is nodding beggartick. The nodding part we get, but the beggar and the tick not so much. Which leads us to think such a sprightly plant was nodding off somewhere when the names were handed out.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.