Tufts with no stolons. Leaf clumps gray, prostrate, point upward. Basal leaves 1/2 in. or longer, linear to spoon-shaped; stem leaves alternate on upper stem. Flower stalks 3–10 in., bearing heads of 8–30 flowers. Dioecious, flowers occurring in cups of straw-colored to white, sharply pointed bracts. Grows in dry open slopes, prairies, at mid-elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 3--10 inches
- Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest
- Found In: Wallowas, Steens, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes