Plants 30–75(–200) cm. Stems proximally piloso-hirsute (hairs 6–15+ mm), distally piloso-hirsute (hairs 3–10+ mm), sometimes stellate-pubescent as well. Leaves: basal 3–8+, cauline (3–)6–12+; blades oblanceolate, 45–80(–250+) × 12–30(–40+) mm, lengths 4–7+ times widths, bases cuneate, margins entire, apices rounded to acute, faces piloso-hirsute (hairs 3–8+ mm). Heads 10–20+ in paniculiform to nearly racemiform arrays. Peduncles stellate-pubescent and stipitate-glandular, sometimes piloso-hirsute as well. Calyculi: bractlets 9–13+. Involucres campanulate, 6–8(–10) mm. Phyllaries 12–21+, apices acuminate, abaxial faces stellate-pubescent and stipitate-glandular. Florets 30–40(–60); corollas yellow, ca. 7 mm. Cypselae urceolate, 3–4+ mm; pappi of 35–40+, stramineous to sordid bristles in 2+ series, 5.5–6.5 mm.
"Plant with a short stout caudex or crown; stem 6–20 dm, densely long-hairy below, the hairs mostly 1 cm or more, sometimes 2 cm, becoming glabrous or nearly so above; lvs pubescent like the stem, or the hairs shorter; basal and lower cauline lvs rather numerous, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 9–30 × 1.5–4.5 cm, crowded, the lowest ones often deciduous, the others progressively reduced upwards, the upper half of the stem commonly naked or merely bracteate; infl elongate, cylindric, the branches and peduncles stellate, long-stipitate-glandular and sometimes sparsely setose; invol 7–10 mm, stellate-puberulent and hispid with blackish, mostly gland-tipped hairs; fls 40–90; achenes 3–4.5 mm, narrowed above. Dry prairies, open woods, and fields, especially in sandy soil; Mich. and Ind. to Minn., Kans., and Okla. July, Aug."