Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to northern Oregon and northern Nevada, east to Northwest Territory, Alberta, Idaho, and Montana.
Habitat: Mostly montane to alpine meadows and slopes.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tufted, glaucous perennial from a branched crown, usually glabrous below and glandular-pubescent above, the numerous flowering stems 5-30 cm. tall.
Basal leaves many, ascending, narrowly linear, pointed, 2-4 cm. long and 0.5-1 mm. broad, 1-nerved; cauline leaves 2-4 pairs below the bracts, about half as long as the basal leaves.
Flowers few in an open, terminal inflorescence; sepals 5, 3-4.5 mm. long, ovate, membranous-margined, purplish-tinged, thickened at the base; petals 5, white, about twice as long as the sepals; stamens 10; styles 3.
Capsule ovoid, up to twice as long as the sepals, opening by 6 teeth.