Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and eastern Canada.
Habitat: Varied habitats; moderately saline soil, grasslands, moist areas in shrub-steppe, forested mountains and subalpine meadows.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Highly variable perennial from a branched crown, the several ascending or erect stems 4-8 dm. tall.
Basal leaves numerous, with petioles to 3 dm. long, palmately divided; the leaflets 7-9, broadly oblanceolate to oblong-elliptic, varying from glabrous and green on both surfaces to hairy above and white-woolly below, toothed to deeply dissected; cauline leaves 1-2, reduced; stipules up to 2.5 cm. long, entire to lacerate.
Inflorescence large, many-flowered, open, somewhat flat-topped; calyx 6-10 mm. broad, the 5 lobes 4-10 mm. long, ovate-lanceolate, the alternating bracteoles narrowly lanceolate, nearly as long; petals 5, yellow, obcordate, longer than the sepals; stamens 20; pistils numerous, the style slender, sub-terminal on the achene and the same length.
Achene 1.5-2 mm. long, smooth, greenish.