Perennials, 2-10 cm; taprooted, caudices multicipital or branches relatively long and thick to relatively slender, lignescent. Stems erect to ascending, glabrous or sparsely strigose, sometimes sparsely villosulous distally, eglandular. Leaves basal, sometimes few cauline; blades oblanceolate to spatulate (usually folding), 10-40 × 2-7 mm, cauline bractlike or 0, margins entire, faces glabrous or glabrate, eglandular. Heads 1. Involucres 5-8 × 7-13 mm. Phyllaries in 2-3 series (commonly purplish), sparsely to moderately hirsuto-villous, sometimes sparsely minutely glandular. Ray florets 15-40; corollas white, 6-10 mm, laminae not coiling or reflexing, straight. Disc corollas 3.6-4.5 mm. Cypselae 3.2-3.5 mm, 2-nerved, faces sparsely strigose; pappi: outer of setae, inner of 25-35 (stramineous, dull) bristles. Flowering Jul-Aug. Alpine slopes, ridges, outcrops, talus, gravelly slopes, often with whitebark pine; 2400-3500 m; Idaho, Mont. Erigeron evermannii is superficially similar to E. leiomerus and is sometimes misidentified as such; the latter has wider, more numerous, and merely glandular phyllaries, reflexing rays, non-folding leaves, and leafier stems.