Prostrate to erect. Basal tuft of erect leaves, hairless or with soft white hairs. Leaves narrow, lance-shaped, entire or slightly toothed or lobed. Flower stem leafless, holds single head. Ray flowers bright yellow. Grows in sagebrush scrub, conifer forests, alpine slopes, at mid to high elevations. Torn leaf tissues exude milky sap which when dried becomes rubber-like and can be chewed as a bitter-tasting gum. Var. glauca leaves are linear to widely oval, long, tapered, entire, hairless. Var. laciniata has pinnately lobed leaves, the lobes pointing back to center, rays lance-shaped and marked with red, and grows in alpine areas. Var. dasycephala is the only variety in subalpine and alpine areas of northern Washington and British Columbia.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 8--20 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Alpine, Subalpine
- Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Wallowas, Steens, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes