Plants perennial, cespitose, 0.5–1.5 dm; roots primary, diffuse, woody. Stems ascending, with 1–2 pairs of leaves, sparsely villous, often glabrate. Leaves mostly basal; petiole to 3 cm; blade green, obovate or oblong, 3.5–7.5 × 2–3 cm, apex rounded or obtuse, densely grayish appressed-pilose. Inflorescences: heads white, subglobose, 10–17 mm diam.; bractlets not crested, margins dentate near apex. Flowers: tube densely white-pilose; perianth lobes white to yellow, linear to lanceolate, 4.5–5 mm, hyaline, apex obtuse. Utricles ovoid, 2 mm, apex acute. Seeds 1.5 mm.
Phenology: Flowering spring–early summer.
Habitat: Open woodlands, especially oak-juniper woodlands, hillsides
Elevation: 600-2000 m
Ariz., N.Mex., Mexico (Sonora).