Subshrub. Stems numerous, erect, 8–30 cm, unbranched below the inflorescence. Herbage puberulent, minutely punctate-glandular. Leaves cauline, linear, 1–4 cm long. Inflorescence flat-topped-corymbiform, composed of sessile heads in small clusters. Heads radiate; involucre obconic, 3–5 mm high; phyllaries 8 to 14, imbricate in 3 to 4 series, lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, glabrous, resinous with a thickened green tip; receptacle conic, naked. Ray flowers 3 to 7, yellow, female; ligules 1–3 mm long. Disk flowers perfect, yellow; corolla 2–4 mm long, funnelform; style branches with hairy, lance-linear appendages. Pappus 1 or 2 series of erose scales. Achenes clavate, 1–2 mm long, densely strigose (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Sagebrush steppe, grasslands, juniper woodlands, badlands; plains, valleys to subalpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus huntii
(Thorp et al. 1983).