Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest along the outer coast in Washington; British Columbia to Baja California.
Habitat: Coastal sandy beaches and adjacent dunes.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)
Pollination: Bumblebees, flies, moths
Herbaceous, glandular-puberulent perennial from a taproot, the prostrate stems up to 1 m. long.
Leaves opposite, the blades elliptic to oblong-ovate, 2-6 cm. long and about half as wide, narrowed obliquely to slender petioles about as long.
Flowers perfect, in heads on long peduncles, subtended by 5 narrowly lanceolate involucral bracts 5-6 mm. long; perianth glandular-pubescent, with a narrow greenish to pink tube 6-8 mm. long and 5 flaring, reddish-purple lobes 5 mm. broad; corolla none; stamens 4-5, included; style 1, included.
Achene 10-12 mm. long, prominently 3-4 winged, the wings often broader than and projected above the hairy body.