Plant erect. Stem thick. Leaves alternate, divided into 3 or possibly 5 lobes, very sharply toothed; lower leaves with long petioles; upper leaves sessile. Flowers yellow, sometimes tinted purple, in 3–12 in. umbels at stem top; bracts at base of umbel are large, leaf-like. Grows on open slopes, woodlands, ravines near coastline and low elevations. Crassicaulis means "thickened stem." A variable, widespread plant found throughout the western states.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 1--4 feet
- Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Meadow
- Found In: Siskiyous, Olympic Np, East Gorge
- Native: Yes