Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to western Montana.
Habitat: Moist to dry open forest, slopes, and thickets, from low to middle elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous, deciduous shrubs, the stems erect, 1-3 m. tall, somewhat purplish.
Leaves alternate, the blades ovate to ovate-elliptic, 3-10 cm. long, thin, with fine, rounded serrations and glands; stipules 3-6 mm. long, quickly deciduous.
Flowers in dense panicles on short lateral branches of the previous yearu00e2u20acu2122s growth; calyx 5-lobed; petals 5, long-clawed, hooded, white; stamens 5, opposite the petals, separated from the pistil by a flat, lobed disk, which also embeds the ovary; style 1, stigmas 3.
Capsules about 4 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, not crested.