Saussurea gracilis is
a perennial herb found in grasslands in mountainous regions; the
stems are slender, 10-30cm in height. Leaves are of alternate
phyllotaxis; radical leaves still exist in flowering time in a
rosette way and have long petioles like the lower part's leaves.
Blades are in the shape of a triangular,6-11cm in length, tips
pointed. Many white hairs are observable on the backside. Bracts
measure 8-14mm in width. Bloom time: August-October.