A very hairy and rough species, growing from one to seven feet high, and usually found in fields and along fences and roadsides from July to November. The straight, stout, long-haired stalk is crowded with sharply toothed, long-oblong, and lance-shaped leaves, that taper at the base, and are thinly textured, and loosely veined. They are very hairy, particularly so on the under side, and are slightly wrinkled. The flowers are set on one-sided stems which are grouped in a spreading leafy head, formed by the erect branching of the stalk at this point. The ray flowers number from six to nine, and the disc flowers from four to seven. This species is very variable, and ranges from Newfoundland and Ontario to Florida and Texas. Cattle, as a rule, avoid the Golden-rods as a steady diet, and are particularly keen to avoid this rough Bitterweed.