Stems erect. Dense mats, with stoloniferous roots forming many rosettes. Basal leaves white to gray, densely woolly, less than 1/2 in. long, linear to spoon-shaped; stem leaves sparse, narrow, often brown-tipped. Flowers in 2–7 heads tightly grouped at stem top. Cup formed by very dark blackish green or brown bracts, woolly at bottom. Grows in exposed ridges, high meadows, snow basins, at high elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 2--5 inches
- Habitat: East-Side Forest, Alpine, Subalpine, West-Side Forest
- Found In: Steens, Wallowas, N Cascades Np, Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Crater Lake Np
- Native: Yes