Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to central North America.
Habitat: Dry, open areas from sagebrush plains to ponderosa pine forests.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from short, erect rhizomes, the stems up to 15 cm. long.
Leaf blades glabrous to sparsely hairy, entire, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, truncate or sub-cordate at the base, up to 5 cm. long; petiole 3-10 cm. long; stipules attached to the petiole, the free portion few-toothed.
Flowers with peduncles shorter than the leaves; flowers 8-15 mm. long, yellow, the upper petals brownish-backed, the lower 3 penciled with brownish-purple, the lateral pair bearded; style head bearded, rounded.
Fruit a glabrous, 3-valved capsule, ovary superior, placentation parietal.