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Biennial to short-lived perennial herb from a thick, woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary to several, simple or few-branched above, rough-hairy, 30-100 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stem leaves alternate, oblanceolate to elliptic, entire to toothed, 3-15 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, long-stalked near the bases, becoming unstalked, lanceolate to egg-shaped and reduced upwards.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary at the ends of branches; disks hemispheric or egg-shaped, dark purple or brown, 10-20 mm wide; involucral bracts 6-10 mm, lanceolate, reflexed when mature, long-hairy; ray flowers orange, 8-20, darker at the tips, reflexed, 2-4 cm long; disk flowers purple or brown; receptacular bracts abruptly sharp-pointed, hairy near the tip.
Achenes oblong, glabrous, 1.8-2 mm long; pappus lacking.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia