This plant is an erect perennial herb up to 4 feet tall,
generally growing from a knotty base. The stems may be one stout
or several ascending branches that are usually hairy throughout.
Its preferred habitat is moist to wet places, flat woods and
bogs. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.
The leaves are usually opposite on the stem, short or no
leaf stalks, the mid-rib reddish and prominent. The leaf blades
are highly variable in form, shape and size (simple, lobed, or
pinnately divided). The leaf margins are entire or toothed.
The inflorescence consists of clustered disc flowers held
in spreading panicles or flat to rounded terminal heads; involucral
bracts are uneven, glandular, imbricated in 2 to 3 series. The
receptacle are flat without chaff. The flowers are slender with
an expanded 5-lobed tip. The corolla is white to cream or occasionally