Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho and Montana.
Habitat: Open, often rocky areas, from middle elevations to the alpine in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Sub-alpine perennial with a woody base covered with dead leaves, with several leafless stems to 15 cm. tall.
Basal and numerous, the blades elliptic to rhombic to ovate, yellowish-green, grayish on the under side, 1.5-4 cm. long by up to 2 cm. broad, on petioles about the same length.
Inflorescence subtended by two narrow bracts 10-20 mm. long; involucres usually 3, narrowly cup shaped, 4-6 mm. long with a short stipe and broad, erect teeth 1 mm. long; tepals white or greenish-white to pink or red, 4-5 mm. long, narrowly cup shaped; anthers purple.
Two (no more, no less) long, narrow bracts just below the inflorescence are found only on this species.