Distribution: British Columbia to Oregon, from the coast to the east slope of the Cascades
Habitat: In forest openings from low elevations near the coast to mid-elevations in the mountains
Flowers: July - September
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tap-rooted biennial or short-lived perennial, flowering only once, 4-20 dm. tall, the stem succulent, thick below and tapering.
Leaves green but sparsely covered with long, soft hairs on both surfaces, moderately spiny, lobed, lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 3 dm. long.
Heads usually borne singly at the ends of the branches; involucre 2-4 cm. high, spider-webby, its bracts loose, not much inbricate, all slender and tapering, all but the inner with short spine tips; flowers all tubular, bright pink-purple, the corolla tube 7-11 mm. long, the corolla lobes 5-10 mm. long; style exerted 3-8 mm. beyond the corolla lobes; receptacle densely bristly.