Erect, 1 or few stems from rosette of many leaves, few branched forked hairs on herbage. Leaves linear to spoon-shaped, toothed or entire with sharply pointed tip, to 10 in. Flowers clustered at top, developing seedpods below. Flowers often fragrant, orange to yellow, occasionally reddish or cream; petals spoon-shaped, narrowing where attached. Seedpods erect or spreading, 1–6 in. long, narrow, 4-sided, straight or curved. Found in many drier habitats in all elevations. Var. capitatum has basal leaves often less than 4 in. long, lance-shaped, with rounded tips; flower petals deep orange to bright yellow; usually found on serpentine.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Biennial, Perennial
- Height: 2--4 feet
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
- Found In: Siskiyous, Steens, Wallowas, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes