Distribution: Known from only a small number of scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains of Washington, the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, and the Rocky Mountains of Montana; east across Canada to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: High elevations, often above timberline, but down to lower elevations along streams
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Prostrate shrub with freely rooting woody branches, often forming large patches, the leafless flowering stems erect, white-woolly, up to 20 cm. tall.
Leaf blades oblong-elliptic to obovate, 1.5-3 cm. long and up to 2 cm. broad, coarsely once or twice serrate, the teeth rounded; blades dark green above, white-woolly below.
Flowers solitary on the scapes; calyx covered with stalked glands, the 8-10 lobes ovate, 4-6 mm. long; petals 8-10, pale to deep yellow, ascending, elliptic to obovate, 8-12 mm. long; stamens numerous, the filaments slender, hairy; pistils numerous.
Fruit an achene, tipped with an elongate, persistent plumose style which is often yellow.