Cusick's shooting star is an attractive grassland perennial. The leaves are in a basal rosette and the single flower stem arises from 15-35 cm in height. The herbage is densely glandular-pubescent, especially in the inflorescence. The leaves are ovoid with entire margins.
The floral parts are five with the stigma not enlarged and the filaments united at the base to form a yellow tube approximately 1.5-2.5 mm long. The anther connectives are smooth.
Cusick's shooting star may be found on grasslands, sagebrush, or forested foothills within its range.
Cusick's shooting star may be found from British Columbia south along the eastern edge of the Cascades to eastern Washington and Oregon and east to Idaho and Montana.
- -Cusick's shooting stars seen with maturing fruits as seen on slopes above the east bank of the John Day River about two and one-half miles downstream of Oregon Highway 206 in Cottonwood Canyon State Park and adjacent BLM lands.........April 9, 2016. Not the numerous glands on the stems and onto the calyx.
-Cusick's shooting stars (both white and pink forms) in bloom along the Stubblefield Trail about one-half mile northwest of Stubblefield Lake, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.......May 8, 2019.
- -Sticky shooting star, along SR-14 in Washington, across from Biggs, OR.......April 5, 1997.