Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; central British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Habitat: Common in shrub-steppe, sagebrush, and conifer forest openings.
Conservation Status: Review Group 2 in Washington (WANHP)
Perennial with 1-4 stems from a tap-root, 1-3 dm. tall, the juice milky; herbage white-woolly throughout, at least when young, and the lower stem with bristles, but not glands.
Basal and lower cauline leaves 0.7-2.5 dm. long, deeply pinnatifid, with lanceolate, toothed or again pinnatifid segments, the teeth with a thick, sharp point.
Heads 1-9, 10-60 flowered; involucre 11-16 mm. high, finely grey-woolly and covered with glandless bristles; long inner involucre bracts usually 13; corollas all ligulate, yellow.
Achenes greenish-black to deep reddish-brown, longer than the pappus.