Bidens pilosa

Cobbler's pegs

Other common names:

Farmer's friend, beggar's tick, bur marigold, common beggar-ticks.



  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Erect annual which can grow up to 1.8m tall – spreads by seed
  • Yellow daisy on branched stems which flower year round
  • Fibrous roots
  • Long brown seeds, each with two barbed spines. Reproduces by seeds which are easily attached to clothes, pets etc. Seeds germinate in warmer weather after rain. 
  • Dark green leaves with toothed margins 
  • Prefers loam to clay loam soils
  • Problem in un-mown lawns.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turfgrasses.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Physical removal of the plant (preferably) before seeding.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



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