Rhizomatous, without stolons. Stems erect, 3–20 cm. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 1–9 cm long, 3-nerved. Stem leaves linear-oblanceolate, 1–5 cm long, flagged. Inflorescence densely corymbiform with 3 to 10 heads. Involucre: female 5–8 mm high; male 3–6 mm high. Phyllaries dark brown to blackish-green. Corolla female 2–4 mm long; male 3–5 mm long. Pappus 3–5 mm long. Achenes 1–2 mm long, pappilose (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Subalpine to alpine slopes, often associated with alpine larch.