Bot. Gaz. 37: 270. 1904.
Perennials, 5–15(–25) cm; tap-rooted (caudices with relatively short and thick branches). Stems erect or basally ascending, glabrous, minutely glandular. Leaves basal (persistent) and cauline; basal blades (usually 3-nerved) oblanceolate to obovate or spatulate, 30–80(–100) × (2–)4–15 mm, margins entire, sometimes spreading-ciliate (sometimes with conspicuously raised primary and secondary venation), faces usually glabrous, sometimes sparsely hispidulous to hirsute, minutely glandular; cauline blades oblong-oblanceolate, little reduced distally. Heads 1(–2). Involucres 5–8 × 8–15 mm. Phyllaries in 2–3(–4) series, glabrous or sparsely strigose, minutely glandular. Ray florets 30–60; corollas white or blue, 6–12 mm, laminae reflexing. Disc corollas 3–5.2 mm. Cypselae 2–2.3 mm, 2-nerved, faces sparsely strigose; pappi: outer of setae, inner of 12–20 bristles.
Phenology: Flowering May–Aug.
Habitat: Dry, rocky or sandy soils, talus, or cliff ledges and crevices, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, oak, fir, spruce-aspen
Elevation: (1600–)2500–3500 m