(Hyssopleaf Thoroughwort - Torrey's Thoroughwort)
Eupatorium hyssopifolium var. hyssopifolium
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is waste places, roadsides and fields. Distribution is throughout Escambia region.
The leaves are in whorls of 3 to 4, sometimes opposite on the stem, or may be alternate; mostly unstalked, narrowly lance shaped, or several times longer than broad and widest at the middle. There are no teeth and no lobes on the leaf. The principal leaves subtend the axillary clusters of smaller leaves.
The flowers are heads at the end of flowering stems. The flowers are tubular, symmetrical in form and bisexual in nature. The color is grayish-white. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is one-seeded in which the outer layer is fused to the seed.
Of interest: In olden times the stems bearing flower clusters were tied into bundles and used in sprinkling ceremonies by the old Hebrew and Holy Roman faiths.