Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.
Habitat: Dry plains and foothills to the subalpine, but not in lithosol or alkaline soil.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect, branching, aromatic shrub, 4-20 dm. tall, the leaves and young branches covered with fine, grey hairs.
Leaves persisting through the winter, narrowly wedge-shaped, 1.5-5 cm. long, 3-toothed at the apex, the upper ones narrower and mostly entire.
Heads numerous, sessile, in a loose, elongate panicle, 1.5-7 cm. wide; involucre 3-5 mm. high, covered with fine, grey hairs; corollas all tubular, fertile, all perfect, yellowish, mostly 3-5, occasionally more; receptacle without hairs; pappus none.