Distribution: In scattered locations throughout Washington, but more common west of the Cascades; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana and Utah; in upper midwestern and northeastern U.S. and Canada.
Habitat: Occasionally escapes from cultivation; open, disturbed areas in shrub-steppe, forests, and along roadsides.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Pubescent perennial from creeping rhizomes, the stems 30-60 cm. tall.
Leaves alternate, entire, and lanceolate.
Heads discoid, terminal and solitary on the stem; flowers blue, the long corolla tube deeply five-lobed; involucre bracts imbricate, with bristly margins.