produces one or more stems, branched or not, reaching heights of up to 24 inches, covered, usually, by both spreading bristly hairs and finer, appressed hairs. Leaves are bristly-hairy, especially along the edges and on the undersides; the hairs are ascending to appressed. Leaf tips are rounded.
Flowers are produced in small groups, of two to four; they have a five-lobed calyx, the lobes narrowly oblong, with appressed bristly hairs, and a five-lobed corolla, white with pale yellow appendages around the throat.
There are two varieties of cryptantha intermedia; var johnstonii
of coastal California, and the more widespread var intermedia
, differing in characteristics of the stem hairs and the nutlets.