Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Texas.
Habitat: Dry, open places in the foothills and plains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Annual, 5-30 cm. tall, the herbage white-woolly.
Leaves all basal, 3-13 cm. long and 1-7 mm. wide, oblanceolate to linear, tapering to a petiole and to an acute tip.
Inflorescence a dense, cylindric, bracteate, woolly spike, 1.5-10 cm. long and well under1 cm. wide; bracts firm, linear, 5 mm. long, usually not exerted; calyx 4-lobed; corolla lobes 4, spreading, 1.5-2 mm. long; stamens 4; ovary superior, 2-celled.