Spanish Needles

 

Common in open areas, this member of the aster family grows to 3″ tall. The 1″ flowers, with yellow- orange disk florets and white ray florets, the latter dropping off early leaving only the center disk, bloom throughout the year. Black seedlike barbed fruits, nicknamed Spanish needles, stick to clothes, fur, and feathers. Other members of the aster family seen commonly in our area include coreopsis, thistle, fleabane, dog fennel, sweet everlasting, and goldenrod.

Latin Name: Bidens Alba

Habitat: Pine Flatwoods