Reproducing only by seed.
Stems erect, branched and 10-100cm high.
Opposite (2 per node - Figure 3), compound with 5 leaflets and sharply toothed.
Flower heads showy, 2.5-5cm across, ray florets (a) bright yellow, up to 1.5cm long, usually 8 per head but occasionally fewer or absent altogether. The disk florets (b) are yellowish-green and densely crowded together. The flower head is surrounded by several, long, leafy, green involucral bracts (c). The seeds are brownish, flat, long-oval, with 2 downward-barbed awns (d) on top (Figure 5). Flowers from July to late autumn.
Nodding beggarticks occurs throughout Ontario in moist places, usually in meadows, river valleys, roadside ditches, and depressions in cultivated land.
A: Nodding beggarticks - top of flowering stem (B & C: Tall beggarticks - top of flowering stem and "seed")