Silver puffs have a yellow, dandelion-like, ligulate flowerhead. It is an annual wildflower in the aster family with linear leaves up to 12″ long with a hairy upper leaf surface. It has a simple stem growing from a taproot. Silver puffs can have 1-5 stems, with a flowerhead at the top of each stem. In flower the plant can reach up to 2′ tall. Silver puffs grow in valleys and foothills in openings in mixed conifer or pine forest, oak woodland, grassland, chaparral, and other open habitats with loose, well-drained and dry soil. This early-blooming species flowers in March-May, depending on elevation. The round mature, fruiting seed heads are dispersed by wind. Uropappus lindleyi is the only species in the monotypic genus Uropappus.