Distribution: Scattered introductions throughout the Pacific Northwest
Habitat: Moderately dry, open areas
Flowers: June - October
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Biennial herb 3-25 dm. tall, the stem winged from the leaf bases.
Leaves deeply lobed, up to 40 cm. long and 15 cm. wide, mostly glabrous.
Heads mostly solitary and nodding at the ends of the branches, the disk usually 4-8 cm. wide; middle and outer involucre bracts broad, 2-8 mm. wide, with long, flat, spiny tip, the mid-rib very prominent; inner bracts narrower and softer, often purplish; flowers purple; pappus capillary, not plumose.