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Perennial herb from a stout, branching stem-base; stems ascending to erect, simple or sometimes few-branched, sparsely stiff long-hairy, more or less glandular, 6-25 cm tall.
Basal leaves broadly oblanceolate to egg-shaped or elliptic, with short to long stalks, 1-12 cm long (including the stalks), 0.5-2.0 cm wide, sometimes 3-nerved or only obscurely so with a prominent midvein, sometimes irregularly toothed on the margins, round or abruptly sharp-pointed at the tips, hairy like the stems; stem leaves numerous, unstalked, reduced upwards, egg-shaped to oblong.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary, rarely up to five, the disks 7-14 mm wide; involucres 5-8 mm tall; involucral bracts sparsely to moderately stiff long-hairy and densely to obscurely glandular, thin, green, loose, slender, often purplish at the tip; ray flowers 20-45, blue or pink or rarely white; disk flowers 3.0-4.3 mm long.
Achenes 2-nerved, sparsely stiff-hairy; pappus simple or nearly so, of 12-16 bristles, rarely with a few small, outer scales.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia