The common name of aliciella pinnatifida
, sticky gila, refers to the glandular hairs along the upper leaf margins and the outside of the flower tubes, while the species name relates to the pinnatifid lower leaves, which are divided into small stalkless leaflets along a central axis. Leaves grow mainly close to the ground, in a rosette arrangement. Flowers are pink to deep purple in color, lighter around the base, and the five spreading lobes are centered on several stamens, topped by whitish anthers. The stamens project beyond the petals by about the same length as the calyx tube.