Although it has 'californica' in it's name, this plant is not present in California. The Las Vegas Bearpoppy's habitat is found in the harshest and driest soils in the Mojave Desert, where few other plants survive. They especially favor soils with a high gypsum content.
The plants consist of one or more clusters of basal rosette leaves with a generally light blue or grey appearance. The leaves are generally wedge-shaped, with the end of each divided into several teeth and entirely covered with long hairs 5-15 mm in length, looking like a little bear paw.