Subscapigerous, densely lanate , white to greyish perennial, 5-12 cm high. Rootstock cylindrical, branched or simple, with one or a few crowded leaf rosettes, almost without remains of leaf bases. Flowering stems usually several per rosette, weak, densely lanate, arcuate-ascending, hardly exceeding c. 10 cm, with a few leaves in the basal half only, simple and terminated by a single flower head or with 1-2 short flowering branches in the basal third. Leaves all entire, soft, with flat margins, densely and uniformly lanate on both sides down to the very base, with 3-5 prominent parallel veins; rosette leaves 5-14 × 0.6-2.6 cm, oblanceolate, often slightly falcate, with acute tip and gradually attenuate towards the base; cauline leaves similar to the rosette leaves but smaller. Capitula 1-2 per stem, with 15-18 flowers, 18-20 mm long when flowering and fruiting. Involucre entirely lanate outside, its adaxial face being the only green and glabrous aerial part of the plant; outer involucral bracts 6-8, linear-lanceolate to subulate, acute, about a third to half as long as the inner bracts; inner involucral bracts 6-8, linear-lanceolate, acute, subequal, 15-18 × 2-4 mm, adaxially green with a scarious margin. Flowers bright yellow, corolla c. 14-15 mm long, including the 3-4 mm long tube, the limb 3.8-4.5 mm wide; anther tube 4-4.5 mm long. Achenes slender, prismatic, 6-9 × 1-1.5 mm, smooth, densely lanate with 1.5-2 mm long white hairs. Pappus 8-12 mm long; bristles straw-coloured to brownish or sometimes rusty-reddish, plumose with white fimbriae in the basal portion, barbellate above. Flowering June-August.