Perennials 50-120(-150) cm (with caudices or stout rhizomes). Stems ascending to erect, glabrate or pilose, eglandular to ± densely glandular. Leaves: mid and distal blades elliptic to lance-ovate, 5-10 cm × 15-35 mm, faces glabrous and eglandular to adaxially villous and/or ± glandular. Heads 5-15(-40) in racemiform to corymbiform arrays. Peduncles often stipitate-glandular. Involucres turbinate, 7-10 mm. Phyllaries in 4-6 series (strongly unequal, often reddish apically), linear to lance-ovate, acute to acuminate, pubescent to glandular or glabrate abaxially, villous adaxially, especially distally (appearing ciliate toward tips). Rays usually 8 or 13, white to pink. Cypselae usually pilose; pappus bristles in 2 series, barbellate. 2n = 18. Flowering Jul-Aug. Open coniferous forests, montane and subalpine meadows; 500-3000 m; Alta., B.C.; Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Utah, Wash., Wyo. Forms of Eucephalus engelmannii from the Cascade Mountains with leaves more densely pubescent on the abaxial faces may reflect intergradation with E. ledophyllus.