Distribution: On both sides of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.
Habitat: Sagebrush deserts to alpine rocky ridges.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
A variable, freely-branching perennial, usually forming low mats up to 6 dm. broad, but occasionally the branches ascending to 3 dm.
Variable, oblong to broadly obovate, acute or rounded, gradually or abruptly narrowed to a slender petiole, the blade 1-3 cm. long and the petiole 1/3 to equal length, usually gray-wooly on the under surface and green on the top.
Flowering stems up to 30 cm. longer but usually much shorter, leafless or with 1 or more small, scattered bracts; inflorescence a simple or compound, open umbel, the rays subtended by whorls of narrow bracts; involucre narrowly cup-shaped, the lobes 2-3 mm. long, about equal to the tube, usually reflexed; tepals glabrous, usually cream to yellow with a stipitate base, the lobes 2.5-4 mm. long, lengthening to up to 7 mm. in fruit.
The large mat of green leaves which are gray on the under surface, and the yellow or cream flowers will usually identify this species.