A low, little plant with comparatively big, deep pink to nearly white flowers that bloom on short stalks, nearly within a rosette of narrow succulent leaves. Flowers 1.5-2.5 in (3.8-6.3 cm) wide. Leaves 0.5-2 in (1.3-5 cm) long. Height: 0.5-2 in (1.3-5 cm).
Open places among sagebrush or pines.
British Columbia to southern California; east to Colorado, and Montana.
Bitterrroot is the Montana state flower. It was first collected by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, who is honored by the genus name.