Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades, British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana
Habitat: In shrub-steppe of foothills and plains, often with sagebrush
Flowers: May - July
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a taproot and branched, short woody base, 1-5 dm. tall, the stem densely covered with fine, appressed hairs aligned in one direction.
Leaves both basal and cauline, linear or linear-filiform, 1-8 cm. long and 0.3-3 mm. wide, of uniform width.
Heads solitary or several; involucre 4-6 mm. high, with fine, soft hairs or small glands or both; rays 15-125, blue, pink or white, 3-13 mm. long and 1-2 mm. wide; pappus of 20-30 simple hairs.