Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska, much of Canada, and the northern tier of states in the United States.
Habitat: Moist woods, low to mid-elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Low sub-shrub from widely spreading rhizomes, the stem erect, 5-20 cm. tall, largely herbaceous, greenish to reddish, leafless or bracteate below.
True leaves in a terminal whorl, elliptic or ovate-elliptic, sub-sessile, 2-8 cm. long, green on the upper surface, paler and glaucous beneath.
Flowers in a pedunculate, greatly condensed and semi-capitate cyme, subtended by 4 white, pinkish- or purplish-tinged, broadly to narrowly ovate bracts 1-2 cm. long; sepals 4, very small; petals 4, 1-1.5 mm. long, greenish-white, often purplish-tinged.
Drupes 6-8 mm. long, bright coral-red.