Identifying features of antennaria media
include the clustered flowerheads (rather than single), the small grey-hairy leaves with just one, central vein, and the dark brown phyllaries. Plants form low mats, spreading via short (less than 2 inches) stolons. Leaves grow at the base and along the erect stems; they are relatively thick, and have a sharp point at the apex. Both surfaces are evenly covered by appressed greyish hairs. Basal leaves are wider towards the top; stem leaves are narrower, equal in length and more linear in shape.
The inflorescence usually comprises between 2 and 7 flowerheads; less often up to 9. Flowerheads contain only pistils or only stamens, the latter less common. Phyllary color varies from black to brown to greenish-brown. Phyllaries and stems have a covering of white hairs. Phyllaries of pistillate flowerheads are broad and rounded at the tip, while those of staminate flowerheads are narrower and more pointed.