Muhlenbergia 1: 8. 1900
Perennials or subshrubs, 10–40 cm. Stems branched mostly in proximal 3/4 (leafy in proximal 1/2–2/3), densely villoso-puberulent to glabrate, eglandular. Leaf blades oblanceolate to oblong-spatulate, 2–15 mm wide, bases attenuate, not clasping, margins flat, entire, faces densely villoso-puberulent to glabrate. Peduncles 5–20 cm. Involucres 12–20 × 20–35(–40) mm. Ray florets 14–34; corollas white to pale lavender. Style-branch appendages shorter than stigmatic lines. 2n = 12, 24.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat: Barren, open sites, often selenious, alkaline, dominated by saltbush and shadscale
Elevation: 1300–2100 m