BEAR’S FOOT (Smallanthus uvedalia) belongs to the Asteraceae family
The plant is large, coarse, and bushy growing between 3 and 10 feet tall. It is also known as “Yellow Leafcup”, and locally by the Indian name of “Shawshanny”.
These tall plants with daisy-like flowers like to grow in damp places. In spring, the tender leaves are enjoyed as salad by local aficionados.
The leaves are opposite and form a small cup at the stem which explains the name Yellow Leafcup or Hairy Leafcup, as the leaf is indeed rough to the touch and “hairy”. The leaves are very dark green and to me they look like a large elongated maple leaf, but it must look like a bear’s foot to a lot of people, hence the other name it goes by, Bear’s Foot.
The flowers are smaller than you would expect for a plant of its size. Notice the seeds beginning to form in the disk.
Dark, round fruit on spent flowers