Leucogenes leontopodium is a perennial herb with a woody base, growing to 4–6 in (10–15 cm). The leaves are 0.4–0.8 in (1–2 cm) long, and are densely covered in silky hairs. Clusters of 8–15 flowers are surrounded woolly bracts, summer.
Leucogenes leontopodium is found in rock outcrops and crevices in the mountains of the North Island, and the Richmond Range of South Island, New Zealand. It is also called North Island edelweiss.