Color, greenish white or cream, sometimes purplish (see p. 370). In this species, which is variable in color, the heads of flowers are crowded at the tips of long branches. Involucre is bell-shaped, of green or purplish bracts. Pappus white or light brown. Leaves, the lower with margined petioles, all variously cut or lobed, the segments being generally rounded at the tips, thickish. Stent, purplish, smooth. September and October.

Near the coast from Massachusetts to Florida and Alabama. The tubers of this genus are very bitter to the taste, whence the common name, gall-of-the-earth