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Bidens ferulifolia ‘Goldilocks Rocks’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Bidens ferulifolia ‘Goldilocks Rocks’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Zones 16-28
Full Sun
Regular Water

Bidens ferulifolia

Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals, Perennials

Native to southern U.S., Mexico, and Guatemala; named varieties have a more compact or relaxed habit and bigger flowers than the 3-by-3-ft. species. Effective as fillers and spillers in containers and borders. Bright green leaves are divided into threadlike segments. Flower heads are bright golden yellow, with a light honey fragrance. There are many named varieties, from 7 to 24 in. tall and wide, in mounded, spreading, and trailing versions. A representative sampling is listed here.

‘Golden Eye’. Mounded, 10–12 in. tall and slightly wider.

‘Goldilocks Rocks’. Mounded, to 14 in. tall and wide.

‘Namid Compact Yellow’. Mounded, 7 in. tall and 16 in. wide.

Plants bloom almost continually during mild weather and tolerate heat. If they clamber or sprawl over their neighbors, just cut them back; they recover quickly. 

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