Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.
Habitat: Grassland, shrub-steppe, open slopes and ridges, and coniferous forest openings.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from short, erect rhizomes, the stems up to 15 cm. long.
Leaf blades conspicuously hairy, thick and fleshy, entire, ovate-lanceolate, 5-10 cm. long; petiole 5-15 cm. long; stipules attached to the petiole, the free portion few-toothed.
Flowers with peduncles shorter than the leaves; flowers 8-15 mm. long, yellow, the upper petals brownish-backed, the lower 3 penciled with brownish-purple, the lateral pair bearded; style head bearded, rounded.
Fruit a hairy, 3-valved capsule, ovary superior, placentation parietal.