Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Nevada, east to Alberta, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Habitat: Open woods and slopes, from foothills to high elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Fibrous-rooted perennial usually from a stout rhizome, 5-15 dm. tall.
Lowermost leaves reduced and scale-like, the others numerous and nearly alike, sessile, entire, lanceolate or lance-ovate to elliptic, 5-10 cm. long and 1.5-3.5 cm. wide, usually sub-glabrous.
Inflorescence short, rounded; heads rather large, the involucre 8-12 mm. high, the bracts imbricate, with a prominent, keeled mid-vein, papery below, the outer pointed and greenish upward, the inner blunt-tipped with purplish, hairy margins; rays about 13, pinkish-purple or occasionally white, 1.5-2.5 cm. long.
Achenes hairy throughout.