Asked on Jul 31, 2013

Please, can someone tell me the name of this plant?

by Zee
I found this plant growing in one of my beds. I really think I may have planted it years ago, but for some reason it decided to come up and confuse me this year. I vaguely remember gathering seeds from this plant about 15 years ago. A gardener friend of mine says she would pull it up if it were in her garden...well, it is a good thing I am not her, cause I like it even if it is considered a weed.
please can someone tell me the name of this plant, flowers, gardening, It is tall with small sunflower like flower heads
It is tall with small sunflower like flower heads.
please can someone tell me the name of this plant, flowers, gardening, you can see the seeds on the stem in the lower part of this photo
you can see the seeds on the stem in the lower part of this photo.
  33 answers
  • Leevers Leevers on Jul 31, 2013
    Looks very much like a weed to me

  • Zee Zee on Jul 31, 2013
    Well, it sure may be a weed, but as I said I like it and it really does offer a bit of color to a tough Texas landscape. I am thinking I will gather the seeds and plant on my old "Boot Hill" next spring.

  • Marvin R Marvin R on Jul 31, 2013
    Im not sure but I like it.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Jul 31, 2013
    @Zee if you like it then you should keep it. I have done that a few times here in Florida with varied results: at times right and at other times wrong. Sometimes we must wait until we are sure about a plant being good or bad - until then - Let it Be. Overall I find the info on HT is correct.

  • Marilyn Highley Marilyn Highley on Jul 31, 2013
    Zee, I've been trying to find this online for at least an hour. I've seen them and had to pick the stickers/seeds from clothes, especially the kids' socks, but I have never known the name of it! Of course, it's your call, but if it were in my yard, I would yank it.

  • Laura Laura on Jul 31, 2013
    If it blooms, its a flower, depends on where u live!

  • Sooziof Seattle Sooziof Seattle on Jul 31, 2013
    Looks like a Tomatillo to me

  • Marilyn Highley Marilyn Highley on Aug 01, 2013
    I've looked and looked and agree with Rhonda, with the "Bidens". There are lots of different ones. That word "Bidens" applies - "bi" means two, and "den" means teeth. See those sticker-y seeds that look like little "Y"s, or forks, or two teeth? It seems to fit. Anyway, it was fun to look to see if I could figure out your question. I hope someone gives you "THE" answer. :-)

  • GeeJudy GeeJudy on Aug 02, 2013
    I had a bunch of these come up and thought they must be flowers--then someone told me from the HOA to pull them all out because they were a type of dandylion weed

  • Colleen Novosel Colleen Novosel on Aug 02, 2013
    I think it is a weed too, but if you like it keep it and just keep and eye on it to make sure it doesn't take over, what the heck!!

  • Lisa Midgett-Brown Lisa Midgett-Brown on Aug 02, 2013
    looks like a Yellow Marigold

  • Cathleen Matelli Cathleen Matelli on Aug 02, 2013
    My Dad was a gardener for the City for 35 years. His thoughts, anything can be a flower or a weed. If you like it then it is not a weed. :)

  • Darlene Mapes Darlene Mapes on Aug 02, 2013
    A weed is nothing but an unwanted flower!

  • Joan deMontmollin Joan deMontmollin on Aug 02, 2013
    Traveler seeds that hitchhikes on clothes or animal fur.. we call them "hitchhikers" or beggar ticks. My grandmother (a southern gardener) always talked to her plants sayin...I'm not feedin these hitchhikers.. so she pulled and burned the weeds...

  • Janelle Wakefield Janelle Wakefield on Aug 02, 2013
    I truly believe it to be a weed. But if you like it just let it stay. Janelle Wakefield Thousand Oaks, Ca.

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Aug 02, 2013
    Yes weed. Those little sticker get in my dogs fur/hair and almost impossible to get our unless I cut them. I pull as soon as I see them.

  • Cathy W Cathy W on Aug 02, 2013
    YES! Weed!

  • Fran Barrett Fran Barrett on Aug 02, 2013
    I don't think it is Bidens. One of the better ways to id flowers is to count the number of petals. How many petals does it have? Are the leaves alternate or opposite?

  • April E April E on Aug 02, 2013
    I think it is Mexican mint marigold do you have a picture with the flower blooming?

  • Renee Renee on Aug 02, 2013
    in Tennessee, we call it beggar lice.

    • Barb M. Barb M. on Aug 10, 2013
      @Renee Its a weed. I have them to and I pull them up or kill them.

  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 02, 2013
    doesn't look like our Tx beggars lice but I don't know what else it is either. 😰

  • Betty Fancher Betty Fancher on Aug 02, 2013
    Could it be Spanish Needle? It looks like Bidens Pilosa- family Asteraceae. Commonly called beggar-ticks, cobbler's pegs or Spanish needle.

  • Judy Judy on Aug 02, 2013
    Looks like "stick-tights". a weed in Texas. Don't know what it's botanical name would be.

  • Patti Fitz-Gerald Patti Fitz-Gerald on Aug 02, 2013
    It almost looks like Jerusalem Artichoke

  • Zee Zee on Aug 02, 2013
    Thanks to everyone for your comments. I checked the bed where this mystery plant/ weed lives this evening. They seem to be standing taller, I think they know we are talking about them and they have decided to stand straight and proud. They are few in number, so I have decided to leave them alone. The consensus seems to be they are weeds and most likely annoying ones. Since I live where the recent daily temperature has been hovering around 106 and most plants are screaming "Help", these little "beggars" are lookin' good. I have lived in Texas for almost forty years and every Spring I forget what July will bring, so I plant and plant and plant some more. Unless you have a full time gardener and can afford to constantly replace the plants in your beds or have a great affinity for cactus and lantana, then you might me like me and fall in love with anything that has a bloom and does not require hours of watering. Sometimes I think( esp when watering at nine in the evening when the temp drops to a cool 89 degrees) that the word "Condo" sounds pretty good. A small patio with a few potted geraniums and ground ivy. This thought only lasts until I see the Moonflowers opening and get a whiff of their delectable fragrance as they lean toward the forget-me-nots bobbing their little invasive heads in rhythm to the sprinkles from my trusty water hose. I guess by now you get the idea invasives are my friends. You would be right.

  • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Aug 02, 2013
    we called them sticktights in wisconsin too! or - my family did!

  • Susan Butler Susan Butler on Aug 02, 2013
    As my Grandpa used to say..yank it out..if it comes was a weed. A weed is defined as any "unwanted" if you want it, it's a flower not a weed.

  • Jocelyne marchand Jocelyne marchand on Aug 03, 2013
    a reminder as to what a dandelion looks like -

  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Aug 03, 2013
    one persons wed is another persons flower.. and vise versa... One interesting analogy I heard as to how to tell if its a weed or not is to "Pull Everything in the bed up, and if it comes back It's a weed!!! I like goldenrod but its a weed, or some say it is.. I like to call it a wildflower!! Who knows.. If you like it let it grow... IF it becomes too overbearing/overpowering for the space take it out.

  • Zee Zee on Aug 03, 2013
    Buster---I agree.

  • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Aug 05, 2013
    i was told that a weed is just a misguided flower!

  • Zee Zee on Aug 05, 2013
    great comment Kari. Love it as I am a bit misguided myself:-).

  • Robin F Robin F on Aug 05, 2013
    may be a weed but.....Every Weed is a Misplaced Flower