Distribution: Washington to the Dakotas, south to Colorado, but not found in Oregon
Habitat: Moderately dry, open places at moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a short, woody base, 1.5-8 dm. tall, the stems clustered, amply leafy, spreading-hairy throughout.
Leaves triple-nerved, entire, the lower oblanceolate or spatulate, petiolate, mostly deciduous, the other becoming sessile but ample.
Heads 1-13 in a open inflorescence; involucre 6-9 mm. high; rays 65-150, blue or rarely white or pink, 9-18 mm. long and 1 mm. wide; pappus 20-30 bristles, a few of the outer ones shorter.