Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades, Washington to California, east to Montana and New Mexico.
Habitat: Dry, open places in the valleys and plains, to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Fibrous-rooted perennial from a rhizome or branched base, the stems 2-10 dm. tall, pubescent at least above.
Lower leaves oblanceolate, petiolate, entire, pubescent, early-deciduous; middle and upper leaves linear to obovate or oval, sessile, entire, usually pubescent, 2-10 cm. long and 2-20 mm. wide.
Heads few to many in an open inflorescence, with a few erect, pointed, linear bracts below the heads; involucre 5-7 mm. high, the bracts imbricate, papery below and green above, the outer rounded, the inner pointed; disk flowers numerous, yellow; ray flowers 15-40, pistillate, blue or pinkish, 7-15 mm. long; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.
Fruit an achene.