Perennial herb from a slender, brittle rhizome; stems erect, glabrous, juicy, flowering stems leafless, 15-45 cm tall.
Basal leaves 3-4 times divided, the ultimate segments linear to oblong, abruptly pointed.
Inflorescence of 5-15 flowers in a drooping panicle; corollas pinkish-purple, heart-shaped at the base; outer petals with a pouched spur 2-4 mm long, tips 3-4 mm long and spreading; inner petals 10-15 mm long.
Pod-like capsules, 2-3.5 cm long, 3-4 mm wide; seeds 2 mm long with a white oil-rich appendage, black, shiny.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|CDF(1), CWH(179), IDF(1), MH(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Dicentra formosa subsp. nevadensis (Eastw.) Munz