About Nodding Bur Marigold: Named for the graceful droop of their mature blossoms, Nodding Bur Marigold thrives in the wetland soil of swamps, bogs, ponds, or riverbanks. This plant’s unique method of propagating itself involves the sharp barbs on the seeds, which stick to everything they touch; this causes the common names Beggarsticks or Sticktights. These seeds are a favorite food of ducks, sparrows, and finches.
Nodding Bur Marigold Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting he seed just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. After the last frost, direct sow the seed just below the surface of the soil and lightly press down the soil; keep it moist until germination. Thin or transplant seedlings to 15-18" apart. This plant prefers wet or even mucky ground, and can adapt to clay or sand.
Growing Nodding Bur Marigold Seeds: This plant cannot tolerate drought, and will need to be watered in dry weather or if the soil is not naturally wet. Though an annual, this plant will spread and reseed itself; it attracts bees, butterflies, and many beneficial insects.
Harvesting Nodding Bur Marigold: For fresh flowers, cut the stems at ground level and place them in water immediately.
Saving Nodding Bur Marigold Seeds: The ripe seed heads will hang down, containing dark brown seeds with four barbs. The seed has a tendency to stick to clothes, fur, or anything it brushes against. Collect the seed heads and separate the seed from the husks. Store the seed in a cool, dark place.
Detailed Nodding Bur Marigold Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Nodding Beggartick, Nodding Burr Marigold, Beggarsticks, Sticktights Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 24-36 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Wet USDA Zone: 3a-9b Produces a plant with 5” narrow, pointed leaves that clasp the stem and 2” yellow daisy-like flowers with a small point on each oval petal.