occurs in most of the western states, inhabiting medium to high elevation woodland, where it blooms from late winter to early summer. Young stems have a sparse covering of short hairs, and all the branches are red-brown in color. Leaves grow on short stalks, are relatively longer and narrower - less rounded - than some other species, generally obtuse at the base and pointed at the tip. Leaf surfaces are shiny, and/or very finely hairy.
The greenish (withering to brown) bracts beneath the inflorescence are quite distinctive; they are narrow, strongly recurved, pointed at the tip and concentrated towards the upper end of the stalk. Flowers form as a short, elongated cluster, usually unbranched. The hairless pedicels are around a quarter of an inch long, similar in length to the urn-shaped flowers, which are colored white or pale pink.