The beautiful golden heads of this Aster-like species are generally common during August and September, along the Atlantic Coast. The stout stalk branches at the top for the flowers. It is covered with long, weak, silky hairs when young, and becomes much smoother as the season advances. It grows perennially from one to two and a half feet in height. The acutely pointed upper leaves are oblong or lance-shaped, and clasp the stalk. The lower ones are narrowed into short stems and are broadest toward the tip. They are hairy and veiny, and their margins are usually toothless. The rather large flower head is composed of both ray and disc florets, which are held in a bell-shaped cup of overlapping green bractlets. They are commonly numerous, and are loosely gathered on slender stems, which spring from the axils of leaflets and form loose, showy, flat-topped clusters. The Golden Aster prefers dry soil in fields and open woodlands, from New York to Florida and Louisiana.
GOLDEN ASTER. Chrysopsis mariana.
There are about twenty species of this group found in North America and Mexico.