Family, Composite. Color of rays, light yellow; of disk, gray. Single heads of flowers large, showy, with drooping rays 1 to 2 inches long. The columnar disk is very prominent, broad, and large. Leaves, alternate, pinnately divided, mostly low down on the stem, 3 to 7 leaflets. Stem, naked above, grooved, about 4 feet high, stout, the whole plant covered with a grayish down. June and July.
Dry fields and edges of woods, from western New York to Minnesota and southward. The difference between this species and the two preceding cone-flowers is unmistakable. All the long rays of the flower droop away down, exposing the whole extent of the broad cone.