Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, but more common east of the crest; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and eastern Canada.
Habitat: Dry to moist habitats, including meadows, ponderosa pine forest openings, rocky slopes, and floodplains from the lowlands to the alpine.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Dioecious, mat-forming, stoloniferous perennial 5-40 cm. tall; stolons up to 10 cm. long, decumbent; upper surface of the stems with stalked glands, the hairs white or purple.
Leaves 1-nerved; upper surface of the leaves covered with silvery-white hairs; basal leaves spatulate or oblanceolate with a wedge-shaped base; cauline leaves linear, alternate.
Heads several in a sub-capitate cyme; pistillate involucres 4-10 mm. long; scarious portion of the involucre bracts white, straw-colored or light yellow.