Biennial to perennial forb that forms a basal rosette of leaves. Individual plants remain in rosette form for one to several years and typically die after producing a flowering stem. Plants typically range from 18-24 inches in height, but can reach up to 3 ft.
The basal leaves are 3/4 -3 in long and pinnatifid (fern-like) with narrow segments. Leaves reduce in size further up the flowering stem.
Typically scarlet, but can be white, salmon or pink. Flowers are long and tubular with five spreading petals.
August to October.
Found on hillsides and slopes at elevations between 3,600 to 10,800 ft.
Red flowers are rarely attractive to bees and the color attracts alternative pollinators insects like butterflies, and hummingbirds.