Plant is an upright, branched, rough annual. Preferred
habitat is yards, meadows, alluvial woods and barnyards. Distribution
is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are oval-shaped to triangular with prominent veins;
hairy and coarsely sawtoothed to nearly scalloped, tapering to
a long tip; stalked and more or less in a whorl around the stem.
Flowers appear from a spiny ball (usually three spaced
at intervals along the stem). The slender orange flowers protrude
from the ball. Flowers occur in the summer.
Lions Ear is also an immigrant from southern Africa;
considered an occasional weed in thickets and barn lots.