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Perennials.  Stems are usually solitary from a short caudex, pubescent throughout.  Typical plant height is 2 to 4 ft. (6 to 12 dm).

The overall inflorescence is corymb-like, flat-topped.  Branch inflorescences are corymb-like, flower heads are located at the tips of branches on short peduncles.

Flower heads are discoid.  Ray florets are lacking.  Disc florets are  bisexual, fertile, corollas white.  Involucral bracts are pubescent and gland-dotted.

Basal leaves are typically deciduous by flowering.  Stem leaves are opposite, borne on evident petioles, ovate to broadly lanceolate, untoothed or more commonly coarsely-toothed, pubescent and gland-dotted.

Plants of dry or damp, open habitats and disturbed sites, somewhat adventive in northeastern states.  Flowers August to October.  Native to much of eastern North America, but considered introduced in northeastern states.

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Similar species:  Eupatorium pilosum, E. sesslifolium

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