Rosy pussytoes is an attractive mat-forming perennial with erect floral scapes arising 8-30 cm high from matted woody rootstocks. The stems and leaves are covered by a layer of whitish, soft, felt-like hairs. The leaves of the sterile basal rosettes are oblanceolate to spatulate in shape with rounded, obtuse oracute tips. These leaves measure 10-25 mm long and 2-7 mm wide, and are densely covered with whitish or grayish hairs. The leaves of the stems are narrower and often longer.
Several to many narrow, discoid flower heads may be found in a tight cluster atop the floral scape. The involucres are 6 mm high, woolly at the base with the outer bracts whitish to brown-tinged and the inner, uppermost bracts rose-colored or pinkish. The flowers are imperfect, with the staminate and pistillate flowers found on separate plants, although the staminate flower heads are rare.
Rosy pussytoes may be found on dry open places, meadows, open woods, etc. from the lowlands to 3700 m.
Rosy pussytoes are found widespread over western North America.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found between the elevations of 2000'-4400' between Stevenson, WA and the Klickitat River.