Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, east to Idaho.
Habitat: Sagebrush desert, dry ponderosa pine forest openings, in deep or sandy soil.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Freely-branched perennial with a woody base, occasionally prostrate, but usually erect, the many branches forming a clump up to 4 dm. tall and wide.
Leaves tufted, mostly basal, 1.5-6 cm. long, the blade oblong-ovate to broadly lanceolate, about the same length as the petiole, densely gray-woolly on both sides.
Flowering stems are several times di- or trichotomously branched, forming a large inflorescence that is gray-woolly throughout. Involucres 3-4 mm. long, conic, usually with 3 erect teeth, borne singly throughout the inflorescence and subtended by a pair of leafy bracts. Tepals 6, cream to pink, 3-4 mm. long, the outer segments oblong and twice as broad as the inner segments.
The leafy bracts below the flowers throughout the inflorescence separates E. niveum from the similar E. strictum, which has no leafy bracts.