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What is Bur Marigold?
- Surrounded by whorl of bracts
- Receptacle flat or slightly bulging out
- Yellow in color
- Usually 5-toothed
- One seeded
- Does not open to release seed when ripe
- Long, thick root
Where Does it Grow?
Bur Marigold can be found in lakes, streams, marshes, and irrigation ditches.
Pros and Cons of Bur Marigold
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.
What Type of Bur Marigold Do I Have?
There are two common types of bur marigold in Texas. Click on the buttons to learn more about each specific species.