Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the U.S.
Habitat: Meadows and other open places in the mountains, usually at high elevations.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Slender perennials 3-35 cm. tall, the stem leafless and covered with fine, stellate hairs, and with milky juice.
Leaves all basal, tufted, entire and glabrous, 1-10 cm. long and 3-15 mm. wide, with a short petiole.
Heads solitary to several in an elongate inflorescence; involucre 6-8 mm. high, this and the upper peduncle covered with grey, stellate hairs and usually with some long, blackish bristles as well.