Distribution: Maritime shoreline from British Columbia to california
Habitat: Common on sandy beaches above high tide level
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Monoecious, succulent perennial 2-10 dm. tall, forming large, lax clumps, the stems much branched below the surface, the herbage silvery with appressed hairs.
Leaves mostly alternate, petiolate, the toothed to pinnately dissected blade 2-7 cm. long and 8-40 mm. wide.
Staminate heads sub-sessile, forming congested, leafless, terminal spikes; pistillate heads borne below, in the axils of bracts; fruiting involucre a bur, 6-11 mm. long, with 2-4 series of flattened prickles.