Distribution: Alaska, British Columbia, and Mt. Rainier, Washington.
Habitat: Rocky or gravelly soil, usually on moraines or above timberline.
Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)
Tufted, herbaceous perennials from short rhizomes, the slender stems 7-20 cm. tall.
Leaves with a closed, sheathing base and long, flat blades; basal leaves usually purplish-tinged.
: Inflorescence of 2-7 small, head-like clusters, on spreading and drooping, slender branches; perianth light to dark brown, the 6 segments sub-equal, about 2 mm. long; stamens 6, the anthers shorter than the filaments.
Capsule ovoid, about equal to the perianth.