Bidens pilosa, packet of 20 seeds


Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Annual, requiring 150 or more days to complete fruition

(Xian-feng-cao, Blackjack, Cobbler’s Pegs, Hairy Beggarsticks, Sticky Beaks, Farmer’s Friend)  Annual weed, self-fertile, flowering daisy-like white ray flowers with yellow disc, to a height of 36 inches, native to South America and introduced into warmer regions worldwide. Note should be made that contact with the fresh plant can cause photosensitivity.  Wash with soap and water immediately after contact.  However the plant is a good edible herb, being used as a potherb especially in Africa, and is also used in herbal medicine and veterinary medicine.  Traditional uses of roots, leaves and seeds:  For treating stomach woes in humans and for treating animal colic; antidysenteric; pain-relieving anodyne; antimicrobial; antimalarial; Lyme; hepatoprotective; hypotensive. Fast-growing plant prefers a sunny position in disturbed soil and may be propagated much as one would grow Mustard or Kale, in the field or garden bed. I have seen these growing in disturbed soil roadside in Hawaii and they were already flowering at ankle height. Germination of theneedle-like achenes (seeds) requires 1 week to 1 month.  Surface-sow and press in hard, keep warm, moist and in the light.  Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.

20 seeds per packet, open-pollinated, untreated, no gmo’s

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    I have been looking for herbs for livestock. Cattle, horses hogs as well as for chickens and other fowl. Put this on my wish list for my next order. I feel herbal medicine is badly needed for the critters as well as people. Thanks for the info you put with the plant descriptions.

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