Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains; native from central North America east to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Roadsides and disturbed areas where somewhat moist.
Origin: Introduced from central and eastern North America
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies
Stout perennial from a very short, thick rhizome and numerous fibrous roots, the stems 5-20 dm. tall, clustered.
Leaves lanceolate, pointed, 5-13 cm. long and 1-4 cm. wide, entire, sessile and clasping, slightly reduced upward, the lower early-deciduous.
Inflorescence open, with several large heads; involucre glandular, the bracts somewhat leafy; disk flowers numerous, yellow; rays 45-100, bright pink-purple; pappus of numerous capillary bristles.
Achenes densely hairy.