GROWTH HABIT: Biennial, spread by seed. Rosette is formed on grouond 1st year, flowering stalk elongates 2nd year.
LEAVES: Velvety to touch, Basal - broad, lance-shaped. Upper - narrower, pointed, clasping stem.
STEMS: Heavy, erect, usually branched above, to 3' tall.
FLOWERS: Dark red, rarely white, 1/4 " diameter in terminal clusters.
SEEDS: Fruit consists of 4 flattened bur-like nutlets, each 1/4" long with short barbed appendages.
OTHER: Burs attach to hair and fur of animals and are easily transported.