Distribution: East of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to Quebec and North Dakota.
Habitat: Damp meadows and other moist places at high elevations in the mountains.
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Weak-rooted biennial or short-lived perennial, erect, 2-60 cm. tall, the stem covered with spreading, short, stiff, blunt hairs.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long and 12 mm. wide; cauline leaves linear, often elongate.
Peduncles erect, the lower heads surpassed by the subtending leaves, or the heads solitary; involucre 4-9 mm. high, hairy but not glandular, its bracts imbricate, pointed and purple-tipped; pistillate flowers numerous, with erect, inconspicuous white rays 2-3 mm. long and 0.25-0.5 mm. wide; disk corollas 3.5-5 mm. long, shorter than the 20-30 pappus bristles.