Tall Rattlesnake Root,
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Erect plant, about 2 to 4 feet tall. Flower heads white
to pinkish, nodding, bell-shaped, with 7 or more ray flowers.
Leaves variable, but usually with three segments and the segments often
segmented. Blooms in late summer to fall.
Native, but considered uncommon south of Pennsylvania.
Prefers woodlands. In Wildwood, fairly common in the woods
on the eastern slope of the Park.
Tall white lettuce (Prenanthes
altissima) has 5 or 6 ray flowers per head, and leaves that
are triangular, sometimes with lobes. It too likes
woodlands and blooms about the same time, but seems to prefer
the western side of the Park.