Glabrous and glaucous, biennial or monocarpic perennial from a simple caudex covered in old leaf bases. Stems erect, simple or branched above, 50–80 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; basal leaves petiolate, the blade 5–13 cm long, oblanceolate, entire or with a few basal teeth or lobes; stem leaves oblanceolate, sessile, auriculate. Petals pale yellow, brown at the base, 13–21 mm long, glabrous. Fruit downcurved, 3–6 cm long, constricted between seeds; the stipe 10–20 mm long; pedicels spreading, 4–8 mm long. Stony, usually calcareous soil of sparsely vegetated slopes in steppe, woodlands; montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Open, stony soil of steep slopes and outcrops in the valley, foothill and montane zones. Typically associated with calcareous substrates.