Tall, erect. Stems with multiple branches often form large clumps. Leaves 1–3 in., narrow, mostly basal, few on stems smaller, covered with white upcurved hairs. Flower heads solitary to numerous, 1/3 in. wide, rays 15–125 white, blue, or pink with yellow disk flowers. Found in many habitats, grassy open sites, rock or sandy soils, below 6000 ft. The common var. filifolius has thread-like leaves, numerous flower heads on a stem, each with 15–75 rays. More sturdy var. robustior has solitary flower head topping stem, widespread east of Cascade Mountains.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 8--40 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, Shrub-Steppe
- Found In: Steens, East Gorge, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes