The fern-leafed desert parsley grows to over a meter in height in dry, rocky areas and has a spicy scent. They are an edible plant that blooms either yellow or deep purple. The roots of the plant were used medicinally to treat asthma, colds and flu and as a poultice to treat cuts, burns and broken bones. The early explorer Meriwether Lewis collected this plant in Idaho in 1806 stating that it was 'A great horse medicine among the Natives.' It is also known as Chocolate Tips.