Southeastern Sneezeweed is a North American perennial plant
found only in the southeastern United States (Alabama, Georgia,
Florida, and the Carolinas).
The plant is normally no more than 2 to 3 feet tall, with
small wings running down the sides of the stems.
Generally the plant produces only 1 to 3 hemispherical
flower heads that have 800 or more minuscule disc flowers, each
yellow toward the bottom but yellow-brown toward the tip. There
are also 13 to 34 yellow ray flowers, each with three prominent
lobes at the tip. One plant generally produces only 1 to 3 hemispherical
flower heads during a season.
Its preferred habitat is the edges of marshes and forested
wetlands and in open moist pinelands and savannas. Flowers occur
in late spring when its flower stalk emerges from a small cluster
of basal leaves. Three-lobed ray petals and the broad central
disc create the flower that may be several inches across.
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