Plants of ocean beaches, dunes and
salt marshes; escaped or introduced to some interior roadsides.
Flowers mid-September to mid-October.
plant height is from 3 to 5 feet. Stems are clustered
from a short caudex;
are dense, many-branched, often club-shaped or pyramid shaped. Flower heads
are relatively large, arranged one-sided on branches; crowded.
Flower heads are radiate. Ray and disc floret
corollas are bright yellow.
Basal and lower stem leaves are often
persistent at flowering; bases
are partially sheathing. Stem
leaves are copious, crowded, lanceolate/oblanceolate, glabrous, thick
and somewhat fleshy.