Bidens pilosa

General Information:

B. pilosa is one of almost 240 known Bidens species. Originally from South America, it is an easily grown perennial herb that is found across both tropical and temperate regions. It can be identified as either glabrous or hairy. The leaves can be seen as serrate, lobed or dissected with opposite arrangement. Having invasive tendencies, the herb is generally considered a weed. 

Medicinal Uses:

B. pilosa has been used in many foods and for medicines, for both humans and animals, without any negative effects. It is also used in teas and herbal medicines. Treatments include inflammation, immunological disorders, digestive disorders, infectious diseases, cancers, metabolic syndrome, wounds, etc. 

Did You Know:

A single plant can produce up to 6,000 seeds.

The chemical composition of beggartick that enters our bay waters.