Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in northern Washington and possibly in the Olympic Mountains; Alaska to Nevada, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Glacial moraines and alpine gravelly meadows.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Biennials, sometimes behaving as winter annual. Solitary or tufted stems, not stoloniferous, with caudex.
Leaves are both basal and cauline; basal leaves are persistent and compact. Petiole absent (cuneate base, but only petiole-like). Blade are oblanceolate to obovate, (2-)3(-5)-toothed or shallowly lobed apically, and rarely unlobed, lobes direct forward, (2-)4-15 mm, leaf body is slightly fleshy, margins are entire, and the apex is obtuse.
(2-)6-15(-40)-flowered thyrses, (1-)4-25 cm, densely purple-tipped stipitate-glandular; bracts sessile.
Sepals are erect, (usually reddish-purple), ovate or deltoid to oblong, margins stipitate glandular-ciliate, surfaces stipitate-glandular. Petals are white, not spotted, obovate to oblanceolate shape, (2-)3-6 mm, equaling or longer than sepals. Ovary inferior, 2n=22.