Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 15: 42. 1879,.
Plants 10–25(–40) cm. Leaves: stipules of rosette leaves barely expanded at bases of petiole, stipules of all cauline leaves conspicuous; petiole 1–6 cm; blade 0.5–2 cm, shallowly 5–9-lobed, base cordate to truncate, apex rounded. Inflorescences loose, cymose panicles, 2–20-flowered, 5–40 cm, stipitate-glandular; bract subtending pedicel scalelike. Flowers: hypanthium free from ovary 0.5–1 mm, narrowly obconic-campanulate, 3–3.5 mm, short stipitate-glandular; sepals greenish with purple margins and tips, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, 2–3.5 mm, apex acuminate; petals erect, usually pink to violet, rarely white (sometimes drying bluish), elliptic to obovate, unlobed, 6–9 mm (including claw); stamens included, 1–1.5 mm; ovary 1/2 inferior; styles absent. Capsules brown, ovoid, 6–7 mm. Seeds ellipsoid and prismatic, 0.5 mm. 2n = 14.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat: Wet, mossy, rocky crevices and cliffs
Elevation: 0-3000 m
Alta., B.C., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Wash.
Suksdorfia violacea is found from the mountains of Montana to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia and Washington and to northwestern Oregon.