A fragrant annual species with oval, or compressed oblong heads that do not expand until the seed is matured. The leafy stalk grows from one to three feet high. The lance-shaped, wavy leaves are acutely pointed, and are densely covered with whitish wool on the underside The yellowish white flower heads are composed of many tubular florets, and are loosely clustered at the summit of the branches. Sweet Balsam is very common in old fields and in dry, open woods from Florida, Texas and Missouri to Canada during August and September.