Sericocarpus asteroides is a perennial herb 15-60 cm tall, from a branched root-crown.
Leaves alternate, 1.5-10 cm long, 1-4.5 cm wide, often widest above middle, margins hairy-fringed, often toothed, basal and lower stem leaves stalked, larger than upper, persistent, upper leaves becoming stalkless and reduced.
Flowers in dense heads, of two types, ray flowers 4-8, white, 0.4-0.8 cm long, disk flowers 9-20 white to yellowish, bracteate base 0.5-0.9 cm, bracts overlapping, broad, tips green, in tight rounded clusters, inflorescence flat-topped, branched, roughly hairy, June-Aug.
Fruit dry, 1-seeded, achene, with tuft of hairs (pappus), wind dispersed.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Dry woods.