Plants with branched rootstocks, often forming mats. Stems erect or ascending, subscapose, 2–20 cm, pubescent. Leaf blades 2–10 cm long, pubescent, sometimes glandular, narrowly lanceolate, with numerous pinnate, lobed divisions. Inflorescence a 1- to 4-flowered cyme. Flowers erect; hypanthium cup-shaped; sepals erect, green to purple, 3–6 mm long; petals yellow, 5–9 mm long. Achenes 2–4 mm long, pubescent; style 3–4 mm long, glabrous (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
In Montana we have varieties rossii
(Rydb.) C.L. Hitchc.