A herbaceous perennial low, mat- forming shrub growing 6 to 18 high. Has silvery velvet foliage with taller stems flowering on the end. Small, yellow flower cluster and bloom in August. Adapts to the conditions that it finds itself living in, due to its extensive deep taproot system making it drought and cold tolerant. It is a nutritious and palatable forage for wildlife and livestock. Prefers full sun, sandy and loamy soils, requires well-drained, dry or moist soil and can grow in poor soil. Does not grow well in alkaline soils. Found on open sites from Mexico northward to Canada and Alaska.