Autumn Sneezeweed - Common Sneezeweed
Helenium autumnale

Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright or sprawling perennial with numerous branches. Preferred habitat is moist ditches, swamps and damp meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia River region.

Leaves are up to six inches long at lower stem, reduced upward; alternately placed, lance-like, toothed, with bases forming winged extensions down the stem.

Flowers are daisy-like heads, numerous, about one inch in diameter, three-toothed and drooping. Disc flowers are conspicuous; greenish-yellow ball-like structure at center of head; bisexual, symmetrical in form. Flowering occurs in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.

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