The young buds of Red Ribbons are covered by long thin sepals. The sepals of most plants peel back as one would peel a banana to reveal the inner floral parts. In this species the sepals split and separate up to the apex where they remain fused. The entire calyx structure then becomes deflexed to one side of the flower as the petals expand. The burnt orange or red-pink sepals contrast sharply with the pink, white-streaked petals that are each 3-lobed.
DISTRIBUTION: Mixed evergreen forests, woodlands, and coastal scrub from NW Calif. to the northern Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast; < 1500 m.