Distribution: West of the Cascades, Victoria, British Columbia south to California; rare in Washington, more common in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
Habitat: Open ground and prairies where wet in the spring.
Flowers: March - April
Conservation Status: Critically Imperiled in Washington (WANHP)
Glabrous, glaucous annual, the stem 2-10 cm. tall, simple or sparingly branched.
Leaves entire; basal leaves spatulate-obovate, 6-18 mm. long; cauline leaves opposite, sessile.
Flowers single on slender, erect, axillary and terminal peduncles 2-4 cm. long; receptacle flared, flat; sepals 3, 1.5 mm. long; petals usually 6, white, 2.5-4 mm. long; stamens 3-6, the anthers oval, 0.25 mm. long, much shorter than the filaments; ovary 3-celled, style absent; stigma 3-lobed, erect.
Capsule linear, 10-18 mm. long, somewhat contorted.