Vegetative plant. Virginia copperleaf's erect and branching stems are hairy or at least moderately hairy. The leaves have teeth along the margins and develop the characteristic copper coloration.
The early leaves are opposite and subsequent leaves are alternate along the hairy stems.
Flowers are small and clustered in the leaf axils.
Seed are mottled in color, pear-shaped and slightly greater than 1mm in length.
Life cycle: summer annual.