Distribution: In the Olympic and Cascade mountains of Washington; Alaska south to California, throughout the Rocky Mountains, across northern Canada to the Maritime Provinces.
Habitat: Alpine tundra, often where moist with rocky outcroppings, crevices, and snowmelt.
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Tufted perennial, forming patches up to 8 cm. broad, glandular-pubescent to occasionally glabrous, the flowering stems several, leafy, 1-10 cm. tall.
Leaves mostly basal, often bulbiferous, the petioles slender, with soft, brownish hairs, the blades reniform, 5-15 mm. broad, coarsely and shallowly 3-5 lobed; cauline leaves 1-3, similar to the basal or entire.
Flowers 1-2, terminal on the stem; calyx bell-shaped, 2.5-3.5 mm. long, purplish, the 5 lobes erect, ovate-oblong, rounded, as long or longer than the lower tubular portion; petals 5, white with pinkish veins, narrowly oblong, 2-3 times as long as the sepals, rounded at the base and not clawed; stamens 10, equaling the sepals, the filaments slender; ovary half inferior, the superior portion of the carpes free half their length; stigmas sessile.
Capsule 4-6 mm. long.