Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, also in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon and east to adjacent west-central Idaho.
Habitat: Meadows, forest openings and edge, and lightly wooded slopes at middle elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Robust perennial from a taproot, the few stems green, 5-20 dm. tall.
Leaves numerous, petiolate, the blade up to 12- cm. long and 7 cm. wide, pinnately few-lobed or cleft; basal leaves wanting, the lowest cauline leaf 1-4 dm. above the stem base, reduced upward.
Inflorescence conspicuously black-glandular, of several helicoid panicles in a loose, flat-topped cluster; calyx divided nearly to the base, lobes 5; corolla bell-shaped, greenish-white, deciduous, 5-7 mm. long and wide; filaments strongly exerted; style elongate, cleft nearly to the middle.
Fruit a capsule, seeds fairly numerous.