Plants herbs, spreading, not scapose, 2–5 (6) dm tall, 2–5 dm across, glabrous, green; stems spreading, without persistent leaf bases, up to 1/5 height of plant, the caudex stems spreading, glabrous, the aerial flowering stems erect, slender, solid, not fistulose, 1.2–3 dm long, glabrous, tomentose among leaves; leaves basal or sheathing up stem less than 2 cm, 1 per node, the petioles (0.1) 3–7 (10) cm long, tomentose to floccose or glabrous, the blades linear or oblong to oblanceolate or elliptic, 2–8 (10) cm long, 0.2–2.5 (3) cm wide, thinly to densely white-tomentose abaxially, glabrous and green adaxially, the margins plane or slightly revolute; inflorescences cymose, open, 10–30 cm long, 10–25 cm wide, the branches dichotomous, glabrous, the bracts 3, scalelike, linear, 2–5 (7) mm long; peduncles absent; involucres 1 per node, turbinate, 2–3 (3.5) mm long, 1–1.5 (2) mm wide, glabrous, the teeth 5, erect, 0.4–0.5 mm long; flowers 3–3.5 mm long, the perianth yellow or white, glabrous, the hypanthium up to 1⁄2 length of perianth, the tepals monomorphic, oblong to obovate, the stamens slightly exserted, 3–3.5 (4) mm long, the filaments sparsely pilose proximally; achenes light brown to brown, 2.5–3 mm long, glabrous except for slightly papillate beaks.
- Leaf blades linear, 3–8 (10) long, 0.2–0.4 (0.6) cm wide : Eriogonum thompsoniae var. atwoodii.
- Leaf blades oblong to oblanceolate or elliptic; 2–5 cm long 0.8–2.5 (3) cm wide.
- Perianth yellow : Eriogonum thompsoniae var. thompsoniae.
- Perianth white : Eriogonum thompsoniae var. albiflorum.
Eriogonum thompsoniae var. thompsoniae. Plants 2–4 dm tall; leaf blades oblong to oblanceolate or elliptic, (2) 3–5 cm long, 0.8–2.5 (3) cm wide, tomentose abaxially, the margins plane; involucres (2.5) 3–3.5 mm long., the perianth yellow.
Flowering Jul-Nov. Sandy to clayey flats and slopes, saltbush, blackbrush, and sagebrush communities, pinyon-juniper woodlands; 1000–1700 m; southern Kane and Washington cos., Utah, and northern Mohave Co., Arizona.