Cobblers pegs

Cobblers Pegs

Hello, I’m Cobblers Pegs

Botanical Name

Bidens pilosa


I am a short- lived, perennial plant that is green in colour, although older leaves can be reddish. My small daisy-like flowers, are attractive with white petals and a yellow centre. I quickly degenerate into seeds or prickles that attach themselves to clothing. Some know me as Farmers Friends (it’s that Australian sense of humour!) I’m an upright plant growing up to 80cm high. I flower year round and can produce hundreds of seeds from each flowering. Research is showing that I am actually a herb and my leaves can be used in salads and as a green tea.


I grow best in dry.soils that are nutrient deficient. Correct your soils and I will no longer be a problem.


I can be controlled by hand weeding as I pull out easily, especially after rain. Just make sure you remove me before I flower as I set hundreds of seeds each flowering session. If you want to spray, use an organic weed killer comprised of vinegar, salt and soap or pour boiling water over me as this burns me.