Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains; circumboreal
Habitat: On rocky slopes and ridges, and in talus and pumice, from subalpine to alpine meadows.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Mat-forming, stoloniferous perennials seldom over 1 dm. tall
Basal leaves oblanceolate, up to 2.5 cm. long and 7 mm. wide, densely white-woolly on both sides; cauline leaves small and linear.
Heads several in a sub-capitate inflorescence; pistillate involucres 4-7 mm. high, woolly below, the scarious tips of the bracts dirty blackish-green, at least the inner slender and pointed; scarious portion of the bracts in staminate flowers often with white tips.
The small leaves and narrow, pointed involucre bracts should separate this species from others that might be found at high elevations.