Taprooted annual. Stems erect, 5–30 cm, simple or branched at the base. Herbage strigose, sparsely hispid. Leaves basal and cauline; basal blades oblanceolate, entire to lobed below, 1–6 cm long; cauline leaves more deeply lobed, reduced upward. Flowers white; hypanthium15–30 mm long, sepals 15–25 mm long; petals 15–40 mm long; stigma lobes 5–7 mm long. Capsule spreading to erect, linear, obscurely 4-angled, 15–30 mm long, sparsely hispid (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Sandy soil of grasslands, sagebrush steppe, ponderosa pine woodlands; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus pensylvanicus
and Bombus impatiens
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).