Perennials. Stems simple or branched, 5–15 dm, sparsely to densely brown-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 2–5 mm; blade lanceolate to oblong, 24–140 x 8–31 mm, margins serrate to pinnatifid, surfaces brown-pubescent. Bracts leaflike, 11–32 x 3–9 mm, margins entire or crenate. Pedicels 3–5 mm, pubescent. Flowers: calyx densely pubescent, tube campanulate, 5–6 mm, lobes deltate, 4–9 x 2–3 mm, margins entire; corolla tube 25–35 mm, glabrous, lobes 9–14 x 10–15 mm; filaments 9–14 mm, ciliate; style 21–33 mm. Capsules pyriform, 8–15 x 6–8 mm, densely pubescent. 2n = 26.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Oak and pine woods and slopes.
Elevation: 0–700 m.
Ont., Ala., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ind., Ky., La., Md., Mass., Mich., Miss., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Vt., Va., W.Va.
This treatment follows G. L. Nesom and L. E. Brown (1998) and R. P. Wunderlin (1998) in including Aureolaria dispersa and A. microcarpa as synonyms of A. virginica; it is impossible to distinguish these taxa from A. virginica.