Perennials, 3-10+ cm; rhizomatous (rhizomes branched). Stems 1 (often cyanic), glabrous. Basal leaves (relatively turgid, abaxial faces cyanic) petiolate; blades reniform to subreniform, 5-15+ × 5-25+ mm, bases abruptly contracted to cordate, margins usually crenate, sometimes wavy. Cauline leaves abruptly reduced (1-4, sessile; bractlike, entire). Heads borne singly. Peduncles ebracteate, glabrous. Calyculi conspicuous (bractlets often cyanic). Phyllaries 13 or 21, deep red, 8-10+ mm, glabrous. Ray florets 8 or 13; corolla laminae 8-10+ mm. Disc florets 40-50+; corolla tubes 2.5-3.5 mm, limbs 2.5-3.5 mm. Cypselae 1.5-2.5 mm, glabrous; pappi 4-5.5 mm. Flowering mid Jul-mid Aug. Steep talus slopes in alpine habitats; 2800-3900 m; Colo., Oreg., Wash. Multiple collections of Packera porteri are known from Colorado; single collections are known from Oregon (1899; collector indicated few plants were seen) and Washington (1996).