Stems solitary, erect, 5–25 cm. Herbage glandular, villous. Leaves: basal and cauline similar; blades entire, narrowly lanceolate, 2–7 cm long; basal leaves petiolate; stem leaves 1 to 3 pairs, becoming sessile. Heads solitary; involucre campanulate, 10–15 mm high, densely villous. Rays 9 to 14; ligules 1–2 cm long. Pappus short-barbed, white. Achenes hirsute, 3–8 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are subspecies tomentosa
(J.M. Macoun) G.W. Douglas & Ruyle-Douglas.
Stony, calcareous soil of exposed ridges, talus slopes; upper subalpine to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius
, Bombus mixtus
, and Bombus occidentalis
(Mayer et al. 2000, Wilson et al. 2010).