This is an alpine plant that grows at elevations from 8,000 to 10,000 ft.
The blossoms are about an inch in diameter, and have many yellow stamens.
They have no true petals, but the sepals are quite conspicuous.
They are usually white or cream-colored, but are often pink, maroon or purple.
The seeds grow from the rounded ovaries which remain after the colored sepals
fall off. As they mature, the seeds develop long feathery tails which help them
float away in the wind.