Leaves of packera species often provide the best means of identification; the petiolate basal leaves of packera multilobata
are spatulate or oblanceolate - widest towards the tip, and are divided into three to six pairs of lobes, which have large, angular teeth along the margins. The terminal lobes are larger than those at the sides. Lower stem leaves are similar, while those higher up are smaller and stalkless. Plants may produce one stem or up to five. Leaves and stems (and phyllaries) are usually hairless but may have a sparse covering of tomentose hairs. In dryer, lower elevation areas the basal leaves are less wide and more finely divided, and plants are more likely to produce only one stem.
Flowerheads have 13 to 21 phyllaries, equal in length, 8 to 13 yellow ray florets and 40 to 50 yellow disc florets. Phyllaries are yellow at the tip, otherwise green.