Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.
Habitat: Open areas at low elevations where moist at least in spring.
Growth Duration: Annual
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Pollination: Bees, beetles, wasps
Annual, usually much branched, 3-15 cm. tall, densely covered throughout with loose, white, woolly hairs.
Leaves alternate, broadly oblanceolate to oblong, entire, 1-3.5 mm. long and 2-10 mm. wide.
Heads in small, leafy-bracted, tight clusters, in the leaf axils and at the ends of the branches; involucre 3-3.5 mm. high, densely woolly below, the bracts brown with whitish, papery tips; corollas all tubular, the outer ones numerous, slender and pistillate, the few inner ones coarser and perfect, all whitish, becoming tan in age; receptacle naked; pappus of capillary bristles, distinct to the base.
Achenes small, nerveless.