Perennial herb with sterile rosettes at base. Stems, 70-100 cm, erect, simple or with few branches in lower parts, floccose to becoming glabrous, densely foliate, upper part sparsely leafly or without leaves. Basal leaves withering at flowering - time; lower stem leaves 10-15 x 3-5 cm, pinnatipartite with 4-7 pairs of lanceolate segments, upper segment clearly longer than lateral; middle cauline leaves 3-7 x 0.5-1.5 cm, pinnatipartite with lanceolate lobes; upper cauline leaves 7-15 x 1-1.5 cm, simple, lanceolate to elliptic, shortly petiolate, decreasing to capitula, like bracts, all leaves grey floccose to tomentose. Capitula 1 per stem, homogamous, 20-25 x 20-30 mm, ovoid to nearly oblong. Appendages concealing basal part of phyllaries, ovate - lanceolate, with hyaline irregularly 1-2 mm ciliate margins, ending in a slender 1-3 mm long spinule. Flowers pink. Achene 6-7 mm and brownish; pappus 7-10 mm, scabrous, brownish.
East Mediterranean mountain element. Endemic.