This common species raises its slender, ashy-gray stalk from six inches to two feet high. It is single, very leafy, and covered with minute whitish hairs. It has been considered one of the most brilliant of its kind, on account of its exceedingly rich, yellow flowers. It is a low-growing plant, and is somewhat late to appear in flower. The thick, roughish leaves are three-ribbed, and the lower ones are broadest and taper into stems. As they mount the stalk, they graduate rapidly into long, narrow-pointed affairs, and their margins are slightly toothed. The pretty, five to nine rayed flowers are set on little recurving stems toward the top of the stalk, forming a close, succeeding series of flat-topped, leafy clusters that finally compose the beautiful, one-sided plume. This plant is found in fields and dry roadsides, from July to November. It ranges from Quebec and the Northwest Territory to Florida, Texas, and Arizona.