This species is one of the earliest and latest, as well as one of the handsomest and commonest of its genus. Its smooth, round, rather stout, rigid and light green stalk rises to an average of two feet in height. Near the top it branches into numerous long, slender, drooping extensions, along the upper side of which, near the tips, the golden-yellow flowers are densely crowded. The rays number from eight to twelve, and are very small. The long-oval, pointed, lower leaves have sharply defined, spreading teeth, and are narrowed into winged stems. The upper leaves are long and narrow, and taper toward either end, with more or less entire margins. Their surface is smooth, and they are slightly triple-veined. Small leaflets spring from the angles of the leaves, which alternate on the stalk. The dried plumes are commonly used for decorating in farm and country houses. Yellow-top is found in dry or rocky soil in copses and banks from New Brunswick to Hudson Bay, and Manitoba to North Carolina and Missouri, from June to November.