It is native to western and central North America. Found in Utah.
It is a woolly-haired, glandular annual or perennialherb with one or more branching stems sometimes exceeding a meter in height. The linear to oblong leaves may reach 10 centimeters long near the base of the stems, their edges usually serrated or toothed. The inflorescence bears one or more flower heads lined with several layers of pointed, curling or curving phyllaries. The head has a center of many yellow disc florets and a fringe of blue or purple ray florets each 1 to 2 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene around 3 millimeters in length tipped with a pappus of long hairs.