Distribution: Occurring in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Montana.
Habitat: Alpine and subalpine regions.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Stiff-hairy perennial from a branched, woody base, the stems 1-2 dm. tall.
Basal leaves numerous, the blades 2-4 cm. broad, 3-4 times ternate into segments 1-1.5 mm. broad; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the midpoint, these similar to the basal leaves.
Flowers usually single; sepals 6-9, white tinged with blue or lavender, ovate-oblong to narrowly oblanceolate, 10-20 mm. long, pubescent on the outer surface; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.
Achenes in a globose cluster, ovate, 2.5-4 mm. long, silky with hairs 3-5 mm. long; style straight, slender, 2-3.5 mm. long, glabrous.