Senecio amplectens var holmii
, a variant of the relatively common senecio amplectens
, is more obviously different that many other wildflower varieties: its stems are less than half as tall, have basal leaves only, and its phyllaries, stems, leaf midveins and leaf stalks usually have a rich reddish-purple color. Foliage are phyllaries are hairless. Leaves are somewhat shorter but broader than the parent species, and have more rounded tips. Flowerheads are similar, with around 13 white rays, quite narrow and not overlapping. This species inhabits exposed, rocky, high elevation regions, usually above the timberline.