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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 2, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"