Stems: villous. Leaves: alternate, oblong, obtuse, the upper ones sessile, the lower ones narrowed into a petiole, pale, canescent with appressed hairs. Flowers: heads few, terminating the short branches; rays oblong-linear; involucre hemispheric. Fruit: achenes obovate.
The yellow Aster is a very hairy plant, it affects dry or sandy soil, and grows from six to eighteen inches high. The stems are simple, and near the summit short branches spread out, terminating in the solitary heads, which are composed of both tubular and radiate flowers. These bright golden flowers are enclosed in an involucre, which is formed of several series of tiny green bracts. The name Chrysopsis, from chrysos, "gold," and opsis, "aspect," is peculiarly applicable to these gay yellow blossoms, which glorify the dry waste places with their shining splendour.
Chrysopsis hispida, or Hairy Golden Aster, is a lower plant than the preceding species and has numerous stems growing from a woody rootstock. It is hispid or rough-hairy throughout. The leaves are spatulate entire and spreading, obtuse at the apex and narrowed at the base into long petioles. The flower heads are numerous and bright yellow, and the involucre has lanceolate hirsute bracts.