Distribution: East of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to Colorado
Habitat: Primarily in and near Ponderosa pine forest.
Flowers: April - June
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Somewhat erect, somewhat shrubby, taprooted perennial growing to 5-15 cm. in height. Plants are often glandular hairy on their upper portions.
Opposite, firm, narrowly linear, sharp-pointed (pungent), 5-13 mm. long by 0.5 mm. wide. Often with barely visible, short, erect hairs (cilia) along margins towards base of leaves.
Pinkish-white, mostly solitary at the end of the branches, and often borne on short stalks (pedicels). Sometimes attached directly to branch (sessile). Flowers composed of a fused tube 8-14 mm. long, and 5 lobes that are 7-10 mm. long.
Calyx lobes thickened, and the membrane between the lobes flat; corolla tube is less than twice as long as the calyx.