A perennial evergreen, shrub growing 2 to 5 feet tall. Leaves are lobed with canescent surface with yellow flowers blooming in September. The fruit is a cylindrical, light brown achene with 5- 6 ribs, and lacks a pappus, ripen in Oc- tober and November. Grows on rocky, open sites, river valleys, uplands and floodplains, preferring moist, deep loamy or sandy soils and is moderately salt tolerant. It has deep taproot and is rhizomatous growing 3 times the height of the shrub. Palatable to live- stock and wildlife and provides cover to birds and small animals. Native to Montana, Wyoming, and northern Colorado into central North and South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska.