Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to South Dakota and New Mexico
Habitat: Coniferous woods, especially ponderosa pine, moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial, glabrous herbs, spreading from slender rhizomes, with several leafy, sterile stems, the flowering stems usually single, reddish-brown, 10-25 cm. tall.
Leaves basal, petiolate, the blades ovate to elliptic-rotund, 2-7 cm. long, leathery, deep green on the upper surface but grayish-mottled along the main veins, the lower surface somewhat purplish, the margins thickened, entire to serrulate.
Flowers 10-25 in an elongate raceme, about 1 cm. broad; pedicels spreading, 4-8 mm. long, from lanceolate bracts of equal length; calyx 5-lobed, reddish; petals 5, distinct, yellowish to greenish-white or purplish, 6-8 mm. long; stamens 10, bent inward, the anthers without awns, inverted, opening by pores on the side of short tubes; styles bent to the side; ovary superior.