Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Sasketchewan.
Habitat: Sagebrush foothills to alpine slopes, usually where vernally moist.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous perennial from a deep-seated, globose, tuberous root 5-20 mm. in diameter, the 1-several flowering stems 6-20 cm. tall.
Basal leaves 1 or 2, or often several, narrowly to broadly oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long and 2-15 mm. wide; cauline leaves 2, opposite, sessile, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5-6 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide.
Inflorescence a loose, one-sided, 3- to 20- flowered raceme, bracteate below; pedicels 1-5 cm. long, arched; sepals 2, 2.5-5 mm. long; petals 5, white to deep pink, often with pink lines, occasionally yellow, 5-12 mm. long, attached at the base for 1-2 mm; stamens 5, attached to the base of the petals; styles 3.
Capsule ovoid, 4 cm. long.