A evergreen, perennial mat-forming shrub growing between 8 and 20 inches tall. ThThe white bark is thick and spongy; leaves are thin and lance shaped with white hairs and fruits that are utricle. ThThe solitary yellow to light brown flowers, grows on an erect and slender stem, blooming from April to early June. Prefers moderately deep and deep alkaline or saline soils. It is a fair forage for livestock and wildlife, but can be poisonous if too much is consumed. Native along the Colorado and Nevada border.