This plant grows in the Cardin Alvar micro-environment. Alvars occur around the globe where receding glacial ice left exposed limestone pavements. The plants include many western species not generally found in the northeast.
getting over-topped by shrubs encroaching into a small ridge-top prairie
First flee tomorrow
(Three-Flowered Avens, Old Man's Whiskers, or Prairie Smoke)
near South Summit, Mount Townsend,
Elevation ~1910 meters, ~6280 feet
Jefferson County, Washington, USA