Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; south-central Washington to central Idaho, south to Utah and Nevada.
Habitat: Open desert to the lower levels of the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Herbaceous, erect perennial from a woody base, the stems 2-8 dm. tall, grayish-stellate throughout.
Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, the blades 2-5 cm. long, 3-parted, the lower divisions again deeply cleft.
Inflorescence an interrupted, compound raceme; calyx 5-lobed, 5-10 mm. long, with 3 linear bracteoles from the base; petals 5, deep orange-red, short-clawed, deltoid, 1.5-2 cm. long; stamens numerous, the filaments freed from the staminal tube individually; ovary superior, the carpels 8-12 in a ring around a central axis; styles equal to the number of carpels, the stigmas capitate.
Capsules 3 mm. long, 2-seeded, rough-veined and indehiscent on the lower half.