- To +80cm tall, herbaceous, glabrous(or very sparsely pubescent), simple, single or multiple from the base.
- Alternate, grass-like, to 2cm broad, 30cm long, reduced upward, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent, sessile.
- A terminal spike to 30cm tall (long). At least lowest flower heads subtended by a small foliaceous bract. Heads fairly dense.
- To 1cm broad, +1cm tall. Phyllaries appressed, with scarious margins, tips rounded.
- Typically 3-18 flowers per head. Corolla tubular, rose to purple, glabrous internally. Pappus of capillary bristles.
- June - September.
- Meadows, slopes. Also cultivated.
- Native to Eastern U.S.
- This species is not native to Missouri but is often cultivated here and escaped.
The non-flowering plants greatly resemble grass clumps. The spikes of
slightly resemble those of
has phyllaries which are appressed and obtuse instead of recurving and acuminate.
is a very similar plant and the two may be synonymous with each other.
Photograph taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 6-28-99, and in Marquette, MI., 9-5-2003.