Distribution: Occurring in the North Cascades Mountains in Washington; Alaska to Washington, Montana, and Wyoming, east across Canada; circumboreal.
Habitat: 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 blackish-green or brown in color should separate this species from others that might be found at high elevations.