Sub-category: Aster family
A creeping perennial, with shallow, fibrous roots and long rhizomes. The leaves, hairy on both sides, are up to 15 cm long, spatulate, and almost exclusively basal with the exception of 1 or 2 very small cauline leaves. The leaves lie flat to the ground and overlap. The stems are bristly and usually leafless, although occasionally a small leaf appears near the midpoint. Stems, leaves, and bracts have dense, blackish hairs and exude milky juice when broken. The 1 cm flower heads appear in tight clusters at the top of the 1/3 to 1 m stems with 5 to 40 flowers per cluster. Corollas are all ligulate and bright yellow. Each single flower head is an inflorescence and each petal forms its own seed, making them each a separate flower or floret.
Found near roadsides, neglected residential and commercial landscapes, minimally maintained public parks and open spaces, vacant lots, rubble dump sites, and abandoned grasslands (meadows).