Carphephorus tomentosus (Michx.) T. & G. - Chaff Head
Family - Asteraceae
Basal leaves in-situ.
Flowering - August - November.
Habitat - Sandhills, savannahs, pine barrens.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species is rare in Alabama and has only been reported from three extreme southern counties. The plant can be identified by its habitat, pubescent, purple stems, reduced cauline leaves, and many pinkish flowers. The lack of good quality pine savannah in Alabama and elsewhere makes this species uncommon.
Photographs taken in the Croatan National Forest, NC., 9-29-02.