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As a somewhat weedy element in dry abandoned fields, old pastures. Woods, savannas, glades and clearings. Favors disturbed areas.
CT and NY, south to FL, west MN to TX.
Rhizomatous perennial to 2 m. Stems downy-pubescent throughout. Leaves numerous, pubescent; principle stem leaves opposite, serrate above the middle or occasionally entire, sessile to subpetiolate base. Flowers white; florets 5 per head
Flowers August to October
Wetland indicator: Upland
This plant is unpalatable to livestock, which may explain why it is can be abundant in pastures.
Michael Hough © 2004