Color, yellow. Leaves on stem, sessile, clasping, lyre-shaped, lance-shaped, and deeply cut. The root-leaves have long petioles, round or heart-shaped, conspicuously toothed. May and June.

A common plant with perennial root, blossoming earlier than many of the composites. It grows from 1 to 3 feet high, stem smooth. The heads of yellow flowers are small, arranged in leafless clusters. Seeds with fluffy, hoary pappus. In swamps and wet meadows, or along roadsides, also in deep woods it is conspicuously bright, bringing out its golden heads of blossoms very early. When gone to seed it has a cottony look, like that of small thistles.