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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, branched, loosely hairy, 0.2-1.2 m tall.
Basal leaves linear to lanceolate, entire or with a few teeth and narrow lobes towards the base, white-woolly below, up to 13 cm long and 1 cm wide, soon deciduous; stem leaves similar, reduced and narrower upwards.
Heads discoid, several to many, solitary at the ends of ascending branches; disk flowers usually blue, sometimes purple, pink or white, the sterile marginal ones about 18 mm long, enlarged apically with 5 lobes, the central ones perfect and about 15 mm long; involucres 20-25 mm tall, 12-15 mm wide; involucral bracts egg-shaped or lanceolate, grooved, with a darkened, tattered fringe at the tips, glabrous.
Achenes compressed, with appressed, soft hairs, 3.5-4 mm long; pappus of numerous, strongly graduated brown bristles.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia