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Perennials.  Typical height is 4 to 6 feet.

The overall inflorescence is flat- or round-topped.

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

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

 

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Similar species in the local flora:  Eutrochium maculatum.

 

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