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DescriptionThis native perennial plant is 1-2' tall, often sprawling along the ground. The wiry stems branch occasionally, and have a tendency to zigzag between the leaves. They are whitish green or silver and covered with a fine pubescence when young, becoming brown and bare when old. The alternate leaves are silvery green and have a silky appearance as the result of a dense coating of fine hairs. They are about 1½" long and ½" wide, lanceolate or ovate, and sessile. Their margins are smooth. The daisy-like composite flowers occur in small clusters at the terminus of major stems. They are about 1¼" across, consisting of 12-25 ray florets that are lavender to violet-blue, and numerous central disk florets that are golden yellow. There is no noticeable floral scent. The blooming period occurs during the fall and lasts about a month. The achenes develop small tufts of hairs, and are dispersed by the wind. The root system forms a short caudex on mature plants and some fibrous roots. Occasionally, vegetative offsets are formed.