Perennial. Stems erect, 15–90 cm. Herbage strigose to villous, glandular, especially in the inflorescence. Leaf blades cordate, orbicular, 5–14 cm wide, deeply cleft into 5or 7 lobed segments. Flowers: sepals 8–12 mm long, bristle-tipped; petals 12–20 mm long, rose to purple; fertile stamens 10. Capsule 25–40 mm long including the style column (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Montana has varieties viscosissimum
(Torr. & A. Gray) N.H. Holmgren.