nodding beggarticks
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nodding beggarticks
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nodding beggarticks
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nodding beggarticks


Nodding-beggarticks is an annual wildflower in the Aster family native to North America and Eurasia. It can be found on shores, wetlands, and waters edge under full sun to part shade. Leaves are coarsely toothed and lance-shaped, arranged in opposite pairs. Large showy flower heads resembling sunflowers bloom from August to October. They turn downward as they mature, hence the name cernua, meaning "nodding". Ducks sometimes eat the seeds and the flowers are especially attractive to native bees!

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.