Fibrous-rooted from a small caudex. Stems erect, 10–90 cm. Herbage sparsely arachnoid with tufts of tomentum at stem and leaf bases. Leaves basal and cauline; blades linear-lanceolate to ovate or obovate, 2–15 cm long, entire to usually serrate, narrower and sessile above. Inflorescence corymbiform of 4 to 25 heads. Heads radiate; involucres 5–13 mm high; phyllaries mostly 13 to 21, usually sparsely arachnoid, sometimes black-tipped. Rays 8–13; ligules 5–11 mm long. Disk corollas 6–8 mm long. Achenes 2–4 mm long, short-hairy on the ribs (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
We have varities integerrimus, exaltatus
(Nutt.) Cronquist, and scribneri
(Rydb.) T.M. Barkley.
Plains, hills, open woods and slopes (Dorn 1984).