Woolly pussytoes is a non-mat forming plant with flower stems from 10-20 cm high. This wildflower is very densely gray-haired. The basal leaves are oblanceolate, measuring 2-10 cm long and 3-10 mm wide. The leaves are 3-veined with entire margins. The stem leaves are narrower and smaller.
The flower heads are in a small compact cyme. The involucral bracts are dark brown or blackish-green, and tomentose near the base, the tips are pale or whitish.
Woolly pussytoes is a plant of meadows, often near water, and open rocky slopes. It is found in the subalpine and alpine regions of mountains.
Woolly pussytoes may be found from southern British Columbia south along the Cascades to Oregon, eastard to Alberta and in the south, Idaho and Wyoming.