Plant is an upright, generally unbranched, perennial herb;
3 - 6 feet tall; thick, lance-like basal leaves that are drastically
reduced upwards. Preferred habitat is moist places, seashore,
edge of marshy areas and damp roadsides. Distribution is coastal
in the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem; no teeth and no lobes,
but may occasionally have scattered teeth. Stem leaves
clasp the stem in a scale-like fashion.
Flower heads may have 3 - 7 ray flowers and 8 - 12 disc
flowers. The pappus is a single circle of bristles. The style
has flattened branches that are smooth inside and finely hairy
outside. Bracts subtending the flower overlap and are of
varying length. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).