is a small plant, growing close to the ground, producing a basal rosette of narrow, lance-shaped leaves covered with strigose hairs, lying flat against the surface. Leaves are grey-green, sometimes with a reddish tint. Flowers are borne singly at the end of short stalks; they have four pointed green sepals, just protruding beyond the edges of the four overlying petals, which are obovate in shape and yellow in color, becoming red as they wither. Petals are a quarter to half an inch in length. Petal tips are flat or shallowly notched. The base of each petal, at the mouth of the short floral tube, is marked by 1 to 3 red dots. The flower center contains 8 stamens and a spherical stigma, which is held just above the stamens. Flowers may point upwards or nod down.Ssp pallida
has smaller flowers; the petals and the style are both less than a quarter of an inch long, while for ssp hallii
they are up to twice this length.