Syn: P. lasiothrix
Stems 40-60 cm, erect, spreading-setose below, adpressed-setose above. Leaves to 45 cm, deeply pinnatisect to ± compound, with irregularly dentate margins. Cauline leaves 5-6, uppermost leaf arising from uppermost 1/3 of stem. Floral bracts present or absent, when present small, 1-4, with entire or dentate margins. Bud usually ovoid, always erect. Calyx 2- or 3-valved, with slender subpatent bristles. Petals 4 or 6, deep orange to vermilion , each with a conspicuous black blotch, broader than long and above base . Filaments to 1.3 cm; anthers dark purple. Capsule to 2.5 cm. Disc flat; stigmas 9-19. 2n = 42. Fl. 6-8. Rocky slopes, meadows, steppe, cornfields, often near streams, 1450-2800 m; plants never growing in dense stands.
Transcaucasia, N.W. Iran. Hyrcano-Euxine element?