Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; northern Washington to California.
Habitat: Meadows and open woods, from middle elevations in the mountains to the subalpine.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a stout, short, woody base, 3-6 dm. tall.
Lowermost leaves reduced and scale-like, the others numerous and nearly alike, narrowly lanceolate to elliptic, sessile, entire or with a few irregular sharp teeth, 3-7 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide, glabrous above and densely gray-woolly beneath.
Heads usually several; involucre 7-12 mm. high, its bracts imbricate, narrow, sharp-pointed, with a strong mid-vein, papery below and greenish or purplish above; rays 12-20 mm. long, lavender-purple; pappus of capillary bristles with a few shorter outer ones.
Achenes hairy toward the tip.