Upright, usually branched, hollow stem with soft hairs. Basal leaves with 1–3 in. petioles, softly hairy, oval to heart-shaped, divided into 3, again divided deeply or shallowly; stem leaves alternate, more deeply divided. Flowers top plant, 1/2–1 in. wide, yellow, 5–6 petals each about half as wide as long. Grows in moist soils, meadows, coastal bluffs, forests, from sea level to high elevations, sometimes in large colonies. Similar R. acris, a European escapee, is usually shorter, with leaves divided into 3 lobes, usually found in waste places or fields at low elevations.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Early-Mid Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 6--30 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, Coastal, Disturbed, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
- Found In: Siskiyous, Olympic Np, Crater Lake Np, East Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes