The upper section of the solitary stem of antennaria anaphaloides
splits into several branches, each bearing a small cluster of around six flower heads. These consist of many white phyllaries (with a brownish spot in the middle) around a center of brownish disc florets containing stamens or pistils (individual plants have both male and female flowers). Stems and leaves are pubescent, covered with soft grey hairs. The narrowly oblanceolate basal leaves have a strong axial vein, and 2 or 4 parallel, fainter veins; those higher up the stem are more linear, with just the central vein.