Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 14: 264. 1879.
Stems usually branching, 1–3 dm. Leaves: basal persistent, ca. 2 dm; blade glabrous adaxially. Inflorescences 1–5-flowered. Flowers erect; perianth open, campanulate; sepals 25–30 mm; petals purplish, with darker purple abaxial crescent distal to gland, 30–40 mm, not ciliate at base, ± hairy; glands deeply depressed, bordered proximally by wide ciliate membrane, distally by short hairs. Capsules erect, 3-winged, ellipsoid, 20–25 mm. Seeds irregular.
Phenology: Flowering mid summer.
Habitat: Shrubby hillsides, open woodlands, dry soils and slopes
Elevation: 700–1100 m
Of conservation concern.