Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Great Plains and Great Lakes region.
Habitat: Sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest openings at middle elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Nearly odorless to strongly odorous perennial herb, usually glabrous, from a stout rhizome, the several stems 5-15 dm. tall.
Leaves linear or broadly linear, 3-8 cm. long and 2-10 mm. wide, entire, or a few cleft, the lower generally deciduous.
Inflorescence an ample panicle; involucre 2-4 mm. high, imbricate and dry; corollas all tubular, yellowish, the outer pistillate and fertile, the inner sterile with abortive ovary; receptacle naked; pappus none.