Erect, gray-green becoming purplish, hairless or slightly hairy. Stems with few branches. Leaves linear, edges rolled upward, entire or rarely with upper leaves 3-lobed. Flower bracts 1/3–1 in., generally divided into 3 narrow lobes, bright red, orange, or yellow; calyx unevenly divided, more deeply cut in front, red, more noticeable than bracts. Flower yellow-green with red edges. Grows in dry rocky sites, plains, sagebrush, juniper forests, at mid to high elevations. A showy plant. State flower of Wyoming.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 12--40 inches
- Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest, Dry Rocky Sites
- Found In: Steens, Great Basin
- Native: Yes