A farinose species, leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate, to 20cm long, dense yellow or cream farina underneath, base attenuate, margin denticulate to sometimes enture, apex obtuse, sometimes acute. Scapes to 30cm, farinose toward apex with umbels of 3-30 violet to deep violet-purple flowers on yellow farinose pedicels. P. pulchelloides was found near A-tun-tsu (Deqen) in NW Yunnan and is a dwarf variant. P. sulphurea var. rosea was found between Batang and Litang.