Stem ascending from rhizome. Plant hairy. Leaves thick, basal and on stem, divided palmately to 7–9 egg-shaped leaflets. Flower head widely egg-shaped, 1–2 1/2 in. long, expanding with age to 3–4 in. or more. Flowers pale pink to purple or 2-colored. Grows in rocky soils with shrubs or juniper, ridges at mid to high elevations. Macrocephalum is Latin for "large head."
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 3--8 inches
- Habitat: East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Alpine, Subalpine
- Found In: Great Basin, Siskiyous, East Gorge, Wallowas, Steens
- Native: Yes