Distribution: East of the Cascades, British Columbia and Washington, east to Alberta and Montana
Habitat: Moist lowlands, open slopes and fields
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Taprooted, short-lived perennial, the stem densely but loosely covered with long, soft hairs, 4-15 dm. tall, tapering above.
Leaves with some loose, soft hairs above, thinly white-woolly below, narrowly lanceolate, toothed and moderately spiny.
Heads clustered toward the top of the simple stem in a compact or elongated inflorescence; involucre 2-3 cm. high, strongly spider-webby, not much imbricate, the bracts all narrow and tapering, the middle and outer with a short, straight spine, the inner often twisted; flowers all tubular, creamy-white; receptacle densely bristly.