I saw this wildflower blooming this month (June) in Colorado at about 8,000 feet. The color is purple to dark blue with four petals and multiple stamens, the bloom is bell shaped (similar to sugar bowl, Clematis birsutissima) leaves are once pinnate with lanceolate leaflets. Flower does not open beyond the ones shown in photos. The petal ends curl back and up. When it goes to seed it forms a ball similar to a dandelion. Single flower on a stalk. The plant is vine like and spreading, only getting about 10" tall. Likes partial shade, mostly found in among ponderosa pines. I have looked in several of the popular wildflower guides but can find nothing that matches. Any help in putting a name to this unusual flower would be greatly appreciated.
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