Herbs, annual or biennial, 1-55 cm tall or more; taproots vertical or ascending. Stems erect, branched above, densely leafy, grayish, densely villous-pilose, short-stipitate glandular. Leaves densely villous-pilose, short-stipitate glandular, basal withered at anthesis, petiolate, petiole base clasping, blade spatulate to oblong; lower cauline long petiolate, blade obovate to oblanceolate, ca. 8 × 2.5 cm, base attenuate, margin entire or remotely serrulate, apex acute; mid cauline blade oblanceolate to lanceolate, ca. 3 × 0.75 cm, margin entire or remotely 1- or 2-serrulate per side; upper on branches reduced. Capitula 0.7-1 cm wide, usually numerous, in corymbose-paniculiform synflorescences; peduncles thin, 0.5-1 cm. Involucre campanulate; phyllaries subequal, 2- or 3-seriate, green along midvein, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, ca. 4 × 0.5 mm, abaxially densely villous-pilose, short-stipitate glandular, margin scarious, apex acuminate. Female florets numerous, filiform, 1.75-2 mm, hairy, lamina ± obliquely cut; disk florets 6-12, ca. 3.5 mm, funnelform, lobes lanceolate, apex hairy. Achenes tan, oblanceoloid, ca. 2 × 0.5 mm, strigose. Pappus 1-seriate, sometimes also short outer series present, very short, of 20-24 barbellate bristles, 3-4.5 mm. Fl. Jul-Sep.