Perennial with a simple or short-branched caudex and a stout taproot. Flowering stems ascending, glabrous to weakly tomentose, 3–15 cm, clothed in old leaf bases below. Leaves basal, long-petiolate; the blade 1–4 cm long, elliptic, white- to brown-tomentose below, nearly glabrous above. Inflorescence loosely capitate, bracts 2, leaf-like; involucres appearing clustered, sparsely glandular and hairy, 4–5 mm long with 4 to 5 erect lobes. Flowers 3–6 mm long, campanulate with a stipe-like base <1 mm long, white to rose; tepals glandular-villous, similar in shape; stamens exserted. Achenes 4–5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Subalpine and alpine rocky ridges and talus slopes.