Burr Marigold (Bidens tripartita)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Burr Marigold
Bidens tripartita

Yields a black dye[178]. The part of the plant that is used is not specified.

The burning herb repels insects and flies[268].

The flowers yield a yellow dye of indifferent quality when alum is used as a mordant[4, 115, 268].

  • Medicinal Use

    Burr marigold is little used as a medicine nowadays, but it was once esteemed for its styptic properties being used to quickly staunch blood flow – it was often used to treat uterine haemorrhage and conditions producing blood in the urine[254].

    The whole plant is antiseptic, aperient, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, narcotic, sedative, styptic and sudorific[4, 61, 165, 218]. It is an excellent remedy for ruptured blood vessels and bleeding of any kind, and is of benefit to people with consumption[4]. It is used internally to treat bladder and kidney problems, blood in the urine, uterine bleeding, ulcerative colitis and peptic ulcers[238, 254]. Externally, it is used in the treatment of alopecia[238]. It is usually combined with a carminative herb such as ginger when used to treat digestive tract ailments[254].

    The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and is dried for later use[238].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[105, 177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in situ during early spring and only just cover the seed. So long as the soil does not dry out, the seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 weeks at 15¡c[134].
Succeeds in any moderately fertile damp to wet soil in full sun[200, 238]. The flowering heads smell like rosin or cedar when they are burnt[4]. The seed coats have reflexed prickles which allow them to adhere to clothing, animal fur etc[4]. When growing on the edge a pond, these seeds have been known to kill goldfish by adhering to their gills[4].
Most of Europe, including Britain, north to 63¡, east to W. Asia.

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