A matted perennial plant arising from a woody caudex. Leaves whorled, rounded or elliptic, silvery-tomentose. Inflorescences rounded containing many flowers borne on ascending or erect peduncles rising >1 foot above the foliage. Flowers creamy white with greenish markings to pink or wine-colored. The red-colored flowers may be an indicator of the presence of soil base metals.
There is much variation, as is to be expected in a widespread species such as this, occurring over a broad elevational range. Alpine plants are generally dwarf; plants growing in sagebrush are usually taller. Flowers vary from cream to yellow when young; as they age, they may become reddish or purple.
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