Distribution: Native to eastern United States; introduced as an ornamental and occasionally escaping in the Pacific Northwest.
Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed areas where somewhat moist.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Stout perennial from a very short, thick rhizome and numerous fibrous roots, the stems 5-20 dm. tall, clustered.
Leaves lanceolate, pointed, 5-13 cm. long and 1-4 cm. wide, entire, sessile and clasping, slightly reduced upward, the lower early-deciduous.
Inflorescence open, with several large heads; involucre glandular, the bracts somewhat leafy; disk flowers numerous, yellow; rays 45-100, bright pink-purple; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.
Achenes densely hairy.