Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington. Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Moist soil from lowlands to middle elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from spreading rhizomes that produce rosettes of leaves; stems 3-10 dm. tall, simple below and freely-branched above, puberulent, glandular above.
Leaves opposite, short-petiolate, narrowly lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 3-7 cm. long, serrulate.
Inflorescence of racemes terminal on the branches; sepals 4, 2-5 mm. long, purplish; petals 3-10 mm. long, notched, white or cream to deep purplish-red; stamens 8; stigma entire or shallowly 4-lobed; ovary inferior, 4-celled.
Capsule 4-8 cm. long, linear; seeds with a tuft of white hairs on the tip.