Height. - About two feet. Leaves. - Roughish, the lower lobed, the upper oblong lance-shaped. Flower-heads. - Nodding, composed of greenish or cream-colored strap-shaped flowers surrounded by a greenish or purple involucre.

These plants are peculiarly decorative in late summer on account of their graceful, drooping, bell-shaped flower-heads. The flowers themselves almost escape notice, and their color is rather difficult to determine, the purplish or greenish involucre being the plants' conspicuous feature.

The generic name is from the Greek, and signifies drooping blossom.