Etymology: Erechtites: ancient name of some species of groundsel, probably Erechtheus
Plants: erect, annual, 2"-80" tall forb with fibrous roots
Leaves: alternate, sharply toothed to sometimes lobed
Flowers: head whitish to yellowish, 1/3"- 2/3" long; inflorescence flat-topped to elongated clusters of drooping heads; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: dry seed on bright-white, fluffy pappus
Habitat: dry to wet; open woods, partially disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Native