Short-lived perennial herb from a woody taproot; stems several, loosely woolly, 20-70 cm tall.
Basal and lower stem leaves, alternate, entire, more or less woolly-hairy, numerous, broadly linear, 3-10 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, narrowly extending down the stem; middle and upper stem leaves similar, slightly reduced upward.
Heads disciform, numerous, in tight clusters, not conspicuously leafy, in a broad, round-topped inflorescence; involucres 4-7 mm tall; involucral bracts white to tan, woolly-hairy at the base.
Achenes nerveless, glabrous; pappus bristles distinct, falling separately.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Gnaphalium microcephalum Nutt.