Howell's pusy-toes are perennial wildflowers with floral scapes arising 20-30 cm high from leafy stolons of the previous year's growth. The stems are loosely covered with matted to tufted hairs. The basal leaves are ovate, obovate, or oblanceolate in outline, measuring 3-6 cm long. The lower surface is densely covered with white, matted hairs and the upper surface either entirely glabrous or with at least a few long hairs when young, depending on the variety (See varieties below.). The leaves of the stem are much narrower.
The inflorescence is fairly open and consists of several to over a dozen narrow flower heads. The involucres are 8-9 mm high with the ouer bracts lossely covered with woolly hairs, the innermost or upper bracts are glabrous. The lower bracts are tinged with brown or red near the base while the uppermost are whitish. The flowers are imperfect, with the staminate and pistillate flowers found on separate plants
var. howellii - Upper surface of the leaf blades always green and lacking hairs, even when young.
var. neodioica (formerly var. attenuata) - Upper surface of the leaf blades initially sparsely long-hairy when young, later becoming completely glabrous with age.
Howell's pusstyoes may be found on sunny , rocky slopes and road cuts in forest openings.
Howell's pussytoes may be found from the Yukon east to Newfoundland and south to California and east to Virginia and Arizona.