Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Idaho, and Utah.
Habitat: Sagebrush plains, dry slopes, and grasslands.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a taproot and branched, short woody base, 1-5 dm. tall, the stem densely covered with fine, appressed hairs aligned in one direction.
Leaves both basal and cauline, linear or linear-filiform, 1-8 cm. long and 0.3-3 mm. wide, of uniform width.
Heads solitary or several; involucre 4-6 mm. high, with fine, soft hairs or small glands or both; rays 15-125, blue, pink or white, 3-13 mm. long and 1-2 mm. wide; pappus of 20-30 simple hairs.