Perennial, growing in clumps 3-4 dm. high; leaves densely covered with white wool, especially below, becoming glabrous with age, 15 cm. long, 5 cm. wide, pinnately parted into rounded lobes; flowering stems 3-4 dm high, striate; bracts woolly; branches of the panicle short; involucre calyculate at base, the scales 7-8 mm. long; heads about 10-flowered; pappus of 10 or more bristles, plumose nearly to the base.
Collected on Guadalupe Island in Sparmann's Canon, March 26, 1897. The clumps of white leaves growing on the nearly perpendicular dark-colored cliffs are very conspicuous. The only fruiting heads collected were remnants from the preceding season.