Plant height: 30-120 cm tall.
Growth habit: perennial with a taproot and short, persistent stem base.
Stems: usually several, branching from the base, with flat, stiff, short hairs.
Leaves: alternate, lance-shaped, deeply pinnately cut into 5-9 segments, the segments linear or lance-shaped, toothless or nearly so, with flat, short, stiff hairs.
Flowerheads: yellow with 3-7 rays, which are 15-45 mm long, relatively very broad, spreading or bent down, around a dark, column-shaped disk, mostly 15-40 mm long and about 1/4-1/2 as wide. Heads several on long stalks. Style appendages short and blunt. Flowering time: June-August.
Fruits: achenes, hairy and usually slightly winged on
the inner edge. Pappus an evident awn tooth on the inner angle of the achene, often also with a shorter one on the outer angle.
Distribution: Prairies, plains and disturbed ground, in most parts of North American plains and Canadian Prairies.
This image is derived from a photo taken by Blair Wainman in a rural area 40 kms southeast of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.
(Info courtesy of Montana Plant Life)