Hairy plant, ascending stems. Leaves on stems divided palmately; 3 leaflets 1/2–1 1/2 in., egg-shaped, with lighter central patch. Flower head at top, bright deep red, uppermost leaf with bract-like stipules surrounding flower head. Grows in disturbed soils at low to mid elevations. Important forage crop originally from Europe, often planted in fields, along roadsides; makes large displays in spring. Recently thought to be toxic to horses.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 6--24 in
- Habitat: Vernal Wet, Disturbed, Meadow
- Found In: , Siskiyous, Steens, Wallowas, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: No