Annuals, perennials, or sub-shrubs, 20–150 cm (fibrous-rooted). Stems erect, sparsely to densely villous. Leaf blades ovate to elliptic-oblong, 2–8 × 1–5 cm, margins toothed, abaxial faces sparsely pilose and gland-dotted. Peduncles minutely puberulent and sparsely to densely pilose, eglandular. Involucres 3–3.5 × 4–5 mm. Phyllaries oblong-lanceolate (0.8–1.2 mm wide), glabrous or sparsely pilose (margins often ciliate), eglandular, tips abruptly tapering, subulate, 0.5–1 mm. Corollas usually blue to lavender, sometimes white. Cypselae sparsely strigoso-hispidulous; pappi usually of scales 0.5–1.5(–3) mm, sometimes with tapering setae, rarely 0. 2n = 20, 40.
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat: Disturbed sites, mostly coastal
Elevation: 0–20 m
Introduced; Ala., Calif., Conn., Fla., Ga., Ky., Md., Miss., Mo., N.C., South America, introduced, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, Pacific Islands (Hawaii).
Ageratum conyzoides is apparently native to South America. North American plants were escapes and naturalized from cultivation.