Distribution: East of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, east to Idaho.
Habitat: Dry, open, often rocky areas at low elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from and taproot and short, branched woody base, up to 15 cm. high, more or less spreading-hairy and glandular throughout.
Basal leaves linear-oblanceolate to spatulate, up to 8 cm. long and 12 mm. wide, the cauline leaves reduced.
Heads solitary, hemispheric, the disk 9-20 mm. wide; involucre 5-9 mm. high; rays 15-45, pale pink or purple to deep violet, 4-15 mm. long and 1.3-3.6 mm. wide; pappus of 20-30 capillary bristles.
Achenes densely covered with long, silky hairs.