Cluster of erect leafy stems from spreading roots. Stems with many hairy leaves. Leaves toothed; lower leaves lance-shaped, with short petiole; midstem leaves usually without petiole but do not clasp stem. Flowers few to many, held in cyme. Flower cup of overlapping bracts, the outer bracts with paper-like margins and light yellow to reddish brown base; ray flowers purple or blue, about 1/2–1 in. long. Grows on beaches, along streams, disturbed areas, other open moist sites, at low elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 1--4 feet
- Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, Disturbed, Moist Riverbanks
- Found In: Mt. Rainier Np, Wallowas, Olympic Np, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes