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Biennial herb from a taproot; forming rosette in first year and erect stem in second; densely minutely-stiff-hairy, with spreading hairs from red blister-like bases, glandular in inflorescence; stems 50-150 cm tall.
Stem leaves alternate, elliptic to lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, nearly entire to toothed, crinkled, hairy.
Inflorescence a spike, the buds erect, opening in the evening, subtended by large bracts or reduced leaves; hypanthium 3.5-5 cm long; petals yellow, fading reddish-orange, 3.5-5 cm long; sepals 2.8-4.5 cm long, lobes 4, bent back in flower, the free tips in bud 5-8 mm long; stigmas deeply 4-lobed.
Capsules, erect, narrowly lanceolate, 2-3.5 cm long, 5-6 mm wide, more or less straight, 4-chambered, hairy; seeds 1.3-2 mm long, angled, irregularly pitted, about half sterile.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia