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Perennial herb from a short rhizome and branched stem-base; stems several, erect, 30-100 cm tall, strongly glandular-hairy.
Basal leaves several, long-stalked, pinnately compound; leaflets 5 to 9, mostly egg-shaped, 1-5 cm long, coarsely double-toothed, greenish and usually bothglandular-hairy and coarse-hairy but sometimes nearly smooth on both surfaces; stem leaves alternate, few, reduced upward.
Inflorescence a compact, narrow, nearly flat-topped, terminal cluster of several to many stalked flowers; corollas pale yellow to cream or whitish, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, oblong-egg-shaped, 5-9 mm long; calyces glandular, 5-lobed, the lobes lance-egg-shaped, 4-8 mm long, alternating with 5 shorter, narrower bractlets; ovaries superior, the styles spindle-shaped and glandular-roughened near the middle; stamens usually 25.
Achenes, numerous, lopsided-egg-shaped, 1-1.5 mm long, smooth.
The subspecies arguta, with brown-hairy stems, is found east of the Rocky Mountains and may be expected in NE BC.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia