Few-flowered shooting star is an attractive perennial which should be fairly easy to grow in the garden meadow or rock garden. The erect stem rises 5-40 cm from a basal rosette of pale green, oblong to spoon-shaped leaves from 3-20 cm long. The leaves taper to winged petioles. The herbage of the leaves and stems is usually smooth-surfaced.
The 3-12 flowers have 5 floral parts. The corolla is 15-25 mm across with deep magenta to lavender petals 1-2 cm long and reflexed sharply backwards.. The tube at the base of the petals is white or yellow-ringed with a thin, wavy reddish-purple ring at the very base. The filaments are united to form a tube of yellow or purple anthers projecting to 1 cm from the mouth of the corolla tube. The anther connectives are smooth and and the stigma is not enlarged at the end of the style.
This one was captured on the outskirts of the Waterton Lakes National Park along Highway #6 towards Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada.