Grand indeed! Virtually identical to O. biennis
with two exceptions -- its height and the size of its flower.
Plant is an upright hairy to nearly smooth perennial; reaching
heights of 6-8 feet, but usually produces first flower at 3-5
feet. From a tall main stem the branches are long below
and reduced in length upward giving the plant a Christmas tree
effect. Preferred habitat is roadsides, meadows, edge of
thin woods and at the margin of flood plains. Distribution is
coastal in the Escambia region.
Leaves are lance-like to widest at the middle; short stalked.
Basal leaves are 4-8 inches long; graduating to a narrow point;
smaller upward; slightly toothed and hairy.
Flowers are at end of new growth stems; appearing in a
terminal cluster; large, measuring 3-5 inches across; pale yellow;
five petals (sometimes four) that are notched at the tip; bisexual,
symmetrical in form. Calyx is tubular; lobed; funnel-shaped.
Flowers occur August to October.