Erect, occasionally decumbent, stems and leaves silver with stiff hairs, glandless. Stems often branched. Leaves mostly basal, 1/2–5 in. long, narrowly oblong, usually entire; lower leaves may be lobed, becoming smaller up stem. Flowers in dense tightly coiled cluster, petals fused most of the length, bell-shaped, white or lavender; stamens extending beyond petals. Grows in flats, shrublands, forests, talus, pumice, at mid- to alpine elevations. Var. compacta is 2–8 in. tall, has calyx lobes with sticky glands; grows in upper forests, subalpine, alpine. Var. hastata has calyx lobes without glands, few stiff hairs, most pressed to surface; grows at mid-elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 6--36 inches
- Habitat: East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Subalpine, Alpine, Disturbed
- Found In: Siskiyous, East Gorge, Steens, Wallowas, Crater Lake Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes