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Q: What are the white wildflowers growing along the roadside all around town?

Q: What are the white wildflowers growing along the roadside all around town? They look like small daisies.

A : You are probably referring to the White Beggar-ticks (Bidens alba) plant. Beggar-tick is not a very flattering name for such a sweet looking flower but it was named because the seed contains barbs. The barbs give the seed the ability to attach to animal fur or clothing which in turn allows the plant to propagate in other areas. This propagation ability explains why you see it all over the roadside areas. Beggar-ticks are found throughout Florida and bloom from the summer through fall in North Florida.