Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Montana, Colorado and New Mexico
Habitat: Seeps, lake shores and other wet areas at mid- to high elevations in the mountains
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous, fibrous-rooted perennial, the stems often clustered, 1.5-7 dm. tall.
Basal leaves 5-25 cm. long, the blade slightly longer than the petiole, pinnate, the leaflets narrow, sharply serrate; cauline leaves similar, alternate, gradually reduced upward.
Inflorescence a fairly dense, spike-like raceme, much elongate, the bracts shorter than the flowers, at least the lower cleft into narrow segments; calyx lobes 5, short, entire, sub-equal; corolla pink-purple to nearly red, 1-1.5 cm. long, bilabiate, the upper lip short and strongly hooded, tipped with an elongate, slender, upturned beak; lower lip 3-lobed, rather small; stigma capitate.
Capsule glabrous, flattened, curved.
The only other species in our area of a similar reddish color, P. ornithorhychus, has a short, head-like inflorescence, while P. groenlandica's inflorescence is always much elongate.