Distribution: Alpine areas of Olympic and Cascade Mountains; British Columbia to California, east to Wyoming.
Habitat: High mountain meadows.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Dwarf perennial from a short, woody base, 3-40 cm. tall.
Basal leaves persistent, entire, linear to linear-elliptic or oblanceolate, 2-25 cm. long and 1-15 mm. wide; cauline leaves few and much reduced.
Heads solitary; involucre 3-15 mm. high, the bracts imbricate, papery at the base, often purplish, with short woolly hairs on the margins and under the heads; rays 10-40, violet or lavender, 7-15 mm. long