Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and eastern North America.
Habitat: Wooded areas, mostly coniferous forest, low to middle elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Low semi-shrubs from slender rhizomes, the stems only slightly woody, 1-3 dm. tall.
Leaves in whorls on the stem, oblanceolate, tapered to narrow, acute bases, the blades 3-7 cm. long and 0.5-2.5 cm. broad, sharply serrate, leathery, evergreen; petioles 3-7 mm. long.
Flowers 5-15 in a short raceme, the peduncles 5-10 cm. long, the pedicels usually puberulent and glandular; sepals 5, nearly distinct, denticulate; petals 5, distinct, 5-7 mm. long, rose to pinkish, spreading, concave, nearly orbicular; stamens 10, the swollen bases of the filaments with a few marginal hairs but not generally hairy.