Douglas ex Hook.
Habitat and range
It is native to dry climate areas of the western United States. It grows below 10,000' in open areas of sagebrush scrub and mixed coniferous forest (Ponderosa Pine country) in the northern and north central Sierra Nevada.
Native to the western United States, P. californica grows in southern California, and subspecies brownii is native to Wyoming and Utah.
The species grows at high elevations and experiences long, cold winters with little or no snow and a short growing season, while subsp. californica is less cold hardy, and is a near-desert succulent, going a year or more without rain.
It is 8"-16" tall with a flower that hangs down, sometimes to the ground.
Leaves and stem
It has 5-8 blue-green, deeply dissected leaves.
Inflorescense and fruit
It has one or more flowers, 1" wide, often opening facing downward. Corollas have 5-6 green sepals that persist, and are larger than the petals. Petals are leathery and dark maroon to bronze or brown, with yellow tinged edges. Numerous stamens mature from the center outward, born on a fleshy disk. Fruits are cylindrical with a few large seeds.
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