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Bidens Ferulifolia 'Mexican Gold Compact'

Apache Beggarticks

Gold-Yellow Star Shaped Blooms


Bidens are a great plant to add to any floral environment. Their high versatility makes them a wise choice as a filler or border plant. Create a beautiful combination or accent window boxes and hanging baskets with mounded-trailing Bidens. Mexican Gold Compact has a spread of 10-12 inches, requiring a space of 8-10 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 8-10 inches.

Height: 8-10 Inches

Spread: 10-12 Inches

USDA Zone: 9 to 10

Color: Golden Yellow

Interesting Notes:

Bidens is a flowering plant in the Aster family, and is named for the fruit it produces. During the summer months when walking outside you may find tiny seeds stuck to your socks or pants. Biden seeds have tiny barbs that allow the seeds to attach to fur or clothing as a means of seed dispersion.

Bidens Mexican Gold Compact is part of Syngenta's GoldFisch Vegetative annual program. Mexican Gold Compact has gold-yellow star shaped blooms that are free flowering on this tight mounding plant. It is commonly used in container combinations and hanging baskets as a spiller, for mass planting, as border or edging crops, in window boxes, rock gardens, or as ground cover. Key features of this variety include long and continuous blooming, heat tolerance, drought tolerance, and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich green foliage and healthy vibrant bright yellow flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Bidens Mexican Gold Compact is a full sun annual that tolerates heat well. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Proven Winners classifies Bidens as a "second to go out" plant. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Bidens will last from late spring, through the summer, until the end of fall.

Bidens Mexican Gold Compact is a low maintenance plant that does not require deadheading. Fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant's main stem, avoiding wetting the plant's foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Bidens require good moisture levels but must be well-drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level. Bidens are also drought tolerant.

Another great feature of Bidens Mexican Gold Compact is their bloom production. These mounded beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1-2 weeks.

A common pest for Bidens is whiteflies. The whiteflies can be a problem under severe insect pressure. Continually survey your plants and treat as needed with appropriate chemicals and biological controls. Different insect growth regulators and insecticide soaps all work to control the whiteflies on your bidens.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant's leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actuallt beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Fragrant
  • Mini Flower
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Daisy Flower
  • Semi-Double Flower
  • No Deadheading

Design Use:

  • Ground Cover
  • Edging
  • Window Boxes
  • Container
  • Filler
  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Versatile
  • Mass Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Exposure:

  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Habit:

  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained

Vigor:

  • Compact