Distribution: Ocurring in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to northern Washington.
Habitat: Cliffs, ridges, ledges and gravelly slopes at mid- to high elevations in the mountains.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Perennial from a taproot and branched crown, forming dense cushions, the simple, erect, scape-like stems 1.5-7 cm. high, pubescent.
Leaves all basal on slender petioles; leaf blades obovate-spatulate, 3-16 mm. long and 3-6 mm. wide, the bases abruptly expanded, the margins usually with 3 rounded lobes and marginal hairs, the faces with stiff hairs.
Heads solitary, the involucres 8-11 mm long, the bracts in 2-3 series, usually purplish, especially the tips; ray flowers 15-32, white to bluish, 6-10 mm. long, spreading; disk flowers yellow; pappus of capillary bristles
Achenes 2-2.6 mm. long, 2-nerved.