Stems tall, erect, branchless or with few branches. Leaves 4–12 in. long, widely oval, with short rough hairs on both sides or just the underside. Leafless stalks hold 1 or more dark purple-brown disk cones about 1 in. high, no ray flowers. The cones become twice as tall and black when in seed. A noticeable plant growing in wet meadows, seeps, along streams, at pond edges, at mid elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Late Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 24--80 inches
- Habitat: Vernal Wet, Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland
- Found In: Crater Lake Np, Wallowas, Steens
- Native: Yes