Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 8: 649. 1873.
Perennials, (8–) 15–30 (–40) cm; taprooted, caudices branched, retaining old leaf-bases. Stems erect, densely gray-green to silvery-strigose (hairs white, closely appressed), eglandular. Leaves basal (persistent) and cauline (leaf-bases broadened or not, not thickened and whitish-indurate); basal blades spatulate to oblanceolate or narrowly oblanceolate, (15–) 20–50 (–70) × 1–4 (–6) mm, margins entire, faces silvery-strigose, eglandular; cauline blades linear to linear-oblanceolate, much reduced distally. Heads 1. Involucres 5.5–9 × (10–) 12–22 mm. Phyllaries in 3–4 series, silvery-strigose (hairs closely appressed), minutely glandular. Ray-florets 20–50 (–75); corollas blue to lavender, less commonly pink or white, 9–15 mm, laminae coiling. Disc corollas 3.8–5.6 mm. Cypselae (terete to slightly compressed) 2.8–3.4 mm, 6–8-nerved, faces strigoso-pilose; pappi: outer of setae or lanceolate scales, inner of 25–40 bristles. 2n = 18.
Phenology: Flowering May–Jul.
Habitat: Ridges and slopes in dry, sandy or gravelly soil, desert shrub, sagebrush, juniper and pinyon-juniper
Elevation: 1300–2500 m
Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah.