Stems ascending to erect, 3–30 cm with glabrous foliage. Basal leaf blades broadly ovate to reniform, 5–40 mm long, deeply palmately lobed, the segments lobed; stem leaves 0 to 2, divided into linear lobes. Flowers few with petals 4–12 mm long, ca. twice as long as the sparsely hairy, often purplish sepals. Achenes glabrous, 1–2 mm long with a straight beak 0.5–2 mm long, heads ovoid to cylindric, 5–13 mm high (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are variety eschscholtzii
(Greene) L.D. Benson, or suksdorfii
(A. Gray) L.D. Benson.