Distribution: East edge of the Cascades in Washington to the southern Sierra of California, east to Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.
Habitat: Sandy deserts to lower mountain slopes, chiefly with sagebrush.
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Scraggly, woody perennial with a few, leafy stems to 4 dm. tall, and a much-branched inflorescence with tiny, terminal flower clusters.
Leaves alternate, linear to oblong or narrowly obovate, 1-3 cm long, narrowed gradually to a short petiole, gray-woolly beneath and greenish but with some hairs above, crowded along the lower half of the stem.
Inflorescence freely branching, open, flat-topped, 2-20 cm. long; involucres borne singly, 2-2.5 mm. long, with short, scarious-margined teeth; tepals top-shaped, 2-2.5 mm. long, white to pink or yellow, the rounded lobes somewhat longer than the tube, without a stipe at the base.
The scraggly, leafy stems that are woody for about the lower third are unique among the Eriogonums in our area.