Plants herbs, loosely matted, 0.5–2.5 (3) dm tall, 1–3 (5) dm across; aerial flowering stems tomentose or glabrous; leaves with petiole bases not forming distinct ring around stem, the blades oblanceolate to elliptic, 0.5–1 (1.2) cm long, 0.2–0.4 (0.5) cm wide; inflorescences virgate or cymose, the branches dichotomous, mostly slender; involucres 1.5–4 mm long; flowers 2–3 mm long, the perianth white to pink; achenes 2–2.5 mm long. 2n = 34.
Flowering June to September. Gravelly to rocky, often volcanic or granitic flats, washes, slopes, and outcrops, sagebrush and chaparral communities, oak, pinyon-juniper, and montane conifer woodlands; 200–3400 m.
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