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)