Tufted to small clump-forming, 10-15cm in height. Basal leaves spathulate, rounded-tipped, 2-5cm long, ciliate. Flowerheads solitary, 2-2.5cm wide, the rays white tinted purple-blue and darkening with age, sometimes entirely white or lilac. Arctic and subarctic Europe and mountains south, in alpine pastures, edges of snow patches and rocky slopes. E.u. subsp. eriocephalus has densely hairy, recurved involucral bracts. Very similar is the Bulgarian E. vichrensis, with densely pubescent and purplish involucral bracts and fully purple ray florets.