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Monardella linoides is a gray-green perennial herb producing a slender erect stem up to about 50 centimeters in maximum height. The linear to oval leaves are 1 to 4 centimeters long and coated in grayish hairs. The inflorescence is a head of several flowers blooming in a cup of pale whitish or pink-tinged papery bracts 2 or 3 centimeters wide. The flowers are just over a centimeter long and light purple in color.
Mountain rocks next to Ellery Lake, CA. Can be found in a variety of habitats, from desert flats to subalpine forests, including in the Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert.