Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and in the Olympic Mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.
Habitat: From forest openings in the foothills to alpine meadows.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Hairy perennial from a branched woody base, the 1-several stems1.5-5 dm. tall.
Basal leaves numerous, the blades 3-10 cm. broad, divided into 3 or 5 sections and cleft 2-3 times, the ultimate segments 2+ mm. broad; the flowering stem naked except for a whorl of 3 leaves near the midpoint, these similar to but smaller than the basal leaves.
Flowers usually 2 or 3; sepals 5-9, oblong-elliptic, 7-15 mm. long, yellowish and tinged with red, blue or purple, especially on the outer surface; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.
Achenes in a globose cluster, silky-woolly with hairs 3-8 mm. long; styles stout, 1-1.5 mm. long, reddish