Basal leaf blades ovate or elliptic to very narrowly elliptic, 1.5-5.2 × 0.7-2 cm, base obtuse to attenuate, margins entire or rarely with 3 broad, shallow, distal crenae, apex acute to rounded. Inflorescences: bracts with middle lobe much larger than lateral lobes. 2 n = 80.
Flowering late winter-summer (Mar-Jul). Moist seepy slopes and moist depressions in grassland; 500-3600 m; Alta., B.C., Sask.; Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.Mex., N.Dak., Oreg., S.Dak., Utah, Wash., Wyo.