Erect, with branching stems and milky juice. Leaf blades, the lowest tapering into stalks with winged sides, are lance-shaped, lobed to toothed. Upper leaves smaller, entire, stalkless. Flower heads have ray flowers only and are 1–2 in. across, sessile, sky blue, with evenly toothed square tips. Grows in fields, roadsides, at low to mid elevations throughout North America. An invading weed brought from Europe so roots could substitute for coffee.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Summer
- Life Cycle: Biennial, Perennial
- Height: 12--48 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
- Found In: Siskiyous, West Gorge, East Gorge, Steens, Crater Lake Np, N Cascades Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np
- Native: No