Perennial herb from a slender taproot and a simple or branched base; stems leafless, solitary to few, exuding milky juice when broken, 6-50 cm tall.
Mainly basal, oblanceolate, entire to distantly toothed,the margin often long-hairy, 1-15 cm long, 0.1-1.5 cm wide.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary; involucres bell-shaped, 11-19 mm tall; involucral bracts in 3-4 series, lanceolate, abruptly sharp-pointed, light green with a dark purple median strip and purple mottling, the outer series densely long-hairy basally; receptacle papery; ray flowers pink drying to deep pink.
Achenes 10-ribbed, the body 6-8 mm long. gradually tapering to a slender beak which is shorter than the body; pappus double, of numerous hairlike bristles, 6-12 mm long, white.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013