Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Great Plains of the U.S.; also in scattered states along the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Open, usually moist places, often in disturbed soil.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Woolly annual or biennial, the several stems 2-7 dm. tall.
Leaves alternate, numerous, broadly oblanceolate or occasionally oblong or lanceolate, up to 10 cm. long, auriculate at the base.
Heads numerous, grouped in one or a few dense glomerules, the involucres with a yellowish cast, 4-7 mm. high, woolly at the base; corollas all tubular, whitish, the outer slender and pistillate, the few inner ones coarser and perfect; pappus of capillary bristles, distinct, falling separately.