• Upright, multi-braced, spreading forb 1 to 3 feet tall, which is semi-woody, with a large woody or fleshy taproot.
• Leaves are opposite, somewhat triangular in shape with irregular, shallow lobes or coarse teeth and small leaf-like appendages at the base.
• Flowers are composites, 1 to 2 inches across, with 15-20 yellow rays that are 5-toothed on the end, and yellowish centers.
• Fruit is a flattened achene, sometimes with two awns.
• Able to establish and persist, under droughty conditions and has potential for inclusion in mixtures for reseeding surface-mined lands and critically-eroded areas.
• Grows well in sandy loam, caliche, or gravelly sites