Distribution: Occuring sporadically throughout central and eastern Washington; widespread throughout much of western U.S. and central Canada.
Habitat: Talus slopes, road cuts, and dry hills.
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Tufted, acaulescent to short-stemmed perennial, under 2.5 dm. tall, glabrous to densely pubescent.
Leaves basal, narrowly to broadly oblanceolate, 10-25 cm. long and 1-2.5 cm. broad, with slender petioles about equal to the blades; blades pinnatifid to remotely toothed or nearly entire.
Flowers sessile or with short pedicels; calyx tube greenish or reddish, flared above, 5-12 cm. long, the 4 lobes reflexed, 2.5-3.5 cm. long; petals 4, 2.5-4.5 cm. long, white, aging to pinkish, obcordate; stamens 8, stigma with 4 lobes 5-8 mm. long; ovary inferior, 4-celled.
Capsule woody, oblong-ovoid, 1-4 cm. long, angled but not winged.