Perennials, 40-70 cm; fibrous-rooted, sometimes stoloniferous (caudices ascending). Stems 1 or 2-3, clustered, bases and leaf axils usually loosely floccose-tomentose, sometimes glabrate. Basal leaves petiolate; blades ovate to obovate or suborbiculate, 30-80 × 20-40+ mm, bases tapering, sometimes obtuse or contracted, margins serrate-dentate to weakly crenate (abaxial faces sometimes hairy). Cauline leaves gradually reduced (petiolate, often sublyrate, sometimes weakly pinnatisect; mids and distals sessile, pinnatisect to subentire). Heads 3-9+ in open, corymbiform arrays. Peduncles bracteate, loosely tomentose or glabrescent. Calyculi 0. Phyllaries (13-)21, green, 5-7 mm, glabrous or sparsely tomentose. Ray florets 8 or 13; corolla laminae 5-8 mm. Disc florets 50-65+; corolla tubes 2-4 mm, limbs 2.5-3.5 mm. Cypselae 1-2 mm, glabrous; pappi 3.5-4.5 mm. 2n = 44. Flowering mid May-early Jul. Meadows or open areas, woodlands, along streams; 1600-2600 m; Ariz., N.Mex., Tex. Packera hartiana resembles both P. paupercula and P. plattensis; it is separated from both on the basis of geography and morphologic characters. New Mexico populations were formerly treated as P.quaerens; the morphologic characters used to separate the two entities vary and overlap.