Distribution: Widely distributed in the mountains throughout Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Moist, open areas at mid- to high elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Fibrous-rooted perennial from a short rhizome, up to 7 dm. tall, amply leafy.
Basal leaves oblanceolate or broader, the cauline not much reduced, ovate; all leaves usually entire.
Heads solitary or few, the disk 10-25 mm. wide; involucre 7-11 mm. high, the bracts linear, pointed, about equal in length, loose and rather herbaceous, about 1 mm. wide; rays 30-80, 8-25 mm. long and 2-4 mm. wide, dark to pale purple; disk flowers 4-6 mm. long; pappus of 20-30 capillary bristles.
Achene usually 5-nerved.