Perennial 6–60 cm. Leaves oblanceolate, 5–35 cm long, entire, dentate, or with pinnate, linear lobes. Herbage glabrous to sparsely villous. Involucre 1–3 cm high; phyllaries lanceolate, in 2 to 4 indistinct series, green or purple-spotted, glabrate to villous. Rays orange to pink; ligules 6–12 mm long. Pappus 6–15 mm long. Achene body 5–9 mm long; beak 3–7 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are varieties aurantiaca
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius
and Bombus insularis
(Wilson et al. 2010).