Stems erect, slightly hairy, loosely branching. Leaves linear, 1–4 in., lightly coated with gray hairs, entire or slightly lobed. Flower heads bright blue, pink, purple, or white; cup 1/4–1/2 in. high, bell-shaped, with green phyllaries, not spiny. Outer disk flowers are enlarged to form a petal-like fringe. Grows in grasslands, open woods, below 7000 ft. Native to southern Europe, sometimes used in wildflower mixes along roads or in parks, spreading by seed and considered a noxious weed.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Height: 12--36 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Disturbed
- Found In: Olympic Np, West Gorge
- Native: No