Perennial herb from a fibrous-rooted, simple or slightly branched woody stem-base; stems erect, solitary or few, branched above, glabrous, 0.1-1 m tall.
Basal leaves lanceolate to elliptic to broadly egg-shaped, stalked, 1.5-12 cm long including the stalk, 0.5-5 cm wide, toothed, glabrous or lightly woolly-hairy when young; stem leaves lanceolate, sharply incised, pinnately cut and irregularly lobed, glabrous, reduced upwards, becoming unstalked.
Heads discoid, few to numerous in a round-topped inflorescence; involucres 7-11 mm tall; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, purplish-tipped or purplish throughout, glabrous or sparsely woolly-hairy; bracteoles few, inconspicuous; discoid or rarely short and yellow; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes oblong, faintly ribbed, glabrous; pappus of white hairlike bristles.
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
|BAFA(2), BG(1), BWBS(6), CWH(2), ESSF(12), ICH(3), IDF(8), MS(14), SBPS(11), SBS(11), SWB(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Senecio indecorus Greene
Senecio pauciflorus var. fallax (Greenm.) Greenm.