Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across southern Canada and northern U.S; widely distributed throughout eastern U.S.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields, meadows, pastures, forest edge, wastelots, and other disturbed areas at low to middle elevations.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from fibrous roots and long rhizomes, the bristly stems 2-9 dm. tall, with milky juice.
Leaves all basal except for 1 or 2 very small cauline leaves, with long bristles on both sides, oblanceolate-linear, up to 1 dm. long.
Heads several in a compact terminal cluster, the corollas all ligulate and bright red-orange.