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Plants of mesic to wet meadows, roadside ditches, pond margins; becomes more common toward coastal sections.  Flowers August to September.  Native..

Perennial.  Typical height is 4 to 6 feet.

Inflorescences are   

Flower heads are discoid.  Ray florets are lacking.  Disc florets are magenta/purple, tubular, bisexual and fertile.

Basal leaves

 

 

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Similar species in the local flora:  Eutrochium maculatum.

 

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