Small upright clusters. Plant with few hairs, or more often hairless. Stems unbranched, purplish red or scarlet. Leaves broadly lance-shaped without lobes or with few lobes in upper part of plant. Flower bracts 1- to 3-lobed, center lobe very wide and often somewhat rounded, all with round tips. Grows in subalpine meadows, bogs, alpine talus slopes. This species is the common high-altitude paintbrush in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Similar to and known to hybridize with C. miniata, which generally grows at lower elevations.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 5--12 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, Subalpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Alpine
- Found In: Wallowas, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes