Common Beggar-Ticks are, just that, common. This Native wildflower likes disturbed soils, barnyards, waste area, swamps, meadows, fields, etc. Its name is derived from the seeds that cling to people as they pass by, if you've spent any time out in the woods I'm sure you've encountered them, long oval pod with two little 'grabbers' on the end.
While they seem like a nuisance, these plants are important food sources for a wide variety of bees and flies (nectar), birds including ring-necked pheasants enjoy the seeds, and rabbits & beetles like the leaves.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.