Distribution: Circumboreal; found in northern Rocky mountains, Pacific Northwest, and northward through Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories, and Alaska.
Habitat: In Washington, this species is found in alpine and subalpine meadows.
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)
Rhizomatous perennial usually about 1 dm. tall; the stem and lower surfaces of the leaves sparsely to copiously short-hairy.
Leaves firm, entire or with a few short teeth, mostly sessile, 2.5-8 cm. long and 4-25 mm. wide, the lowermost reduced.
Heads solitary, or few in a compact inflorescence; involucre 6-9 mm. high, the bracts imbricate in several series, loose, papery below, green-tipped and purple-margined; rays 12-23, purple, 8-12 mm. long; pappus bristles of various lengths; disk corollas yellow, 5.5-7.6 mm. long, the tube about equal to the slender limb.