Plants shrubs or subshrubs, compact to spreading, 2–5 (8) dm tall, 2–20 (30) dm across, tomentose to canescent and grayish; aerial flowering stems thinly tomentose to canescent, rarely glabrous; leaf blades usually oblanceolate, 0.6–1.8 cm long, (0.1) 0.2–0.6 cm wide, canescent on both surfaces or densely grayish- tomentose abaxially and canescent adaxially, the margins plane or infrequently revolute; inflorescences capitate to cymose-umbellate, rarely cymose, the branches tomentose to canescent, rarely glabrous; involucres turbinate-campanulate to campanulate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, canescent; perianth pubescent. 2n = 40.
Flowering year-round. Sandy to gravelly flats and slopes, saltbush, blackbrush, and creosote bush communities, pinyon-juniper or juniper woodlands; (60) 300–2500 m.
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