Perennials, 15-30+ cm; fibrous-rooted (caudices branched, erect to suberect). Stems 1 (per rosette, rosettes clustered), lanate-tomentose to glabrescent. Basal leaves (and proximal cauline) petiolate; blades obovate to broadly spatulate, 5-20+ × 10-15 mm, bases tapering, margins subentire or dentate apically (faces lanate-tomentose to glabrescent). Cauline leaves gradually reduced (sessile; spatulate to linear, densely tomentose). Heads 2-8+ in compact cymiform arrays. Peduncles bracteate, densely lanate-tomentose. Calyculi 0. Phyllaries 13 or 21, green, 6-8 mm, lanate-tomentose, glabrate distally. Ray florets 8 or 13; corolla laminae 8-10 mm. Disc florets 35-50+; corolla tubes 2-2.5 mm, limbs 2-2.5 mm. Cypselae 0.75-1 mm, glabrous or hispid on ribs; pappi 3-4 mm. 2n = 46. Flowering late May-late Jul. Dry rocky slopes, duff of pine forests; of conservation concern; 1700-2200 m; Calif. Packera bernardina is known only from the San Bernardino Mountains and has been collected most frequently from Bear Valley.