Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in central Washington; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho and Nevada.
Habitat: Sand dunes, scabland, and sagebrush slopes.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tufted, glabrous perennial from a taproot and branched base, the numerous stems prostrate or spreading, covered with last year\\\\'s leaves; flowering stems erect, 3-6 cm. tall, brittle.
Cauline leaves numerous, over-lapping, needle-like, 10-20 mm. long, their tips spreading.
Flowers several in a congested cluster, the pedicels about 2 mm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, pointed, glabrous, 1-nerved, scarious-margined, 5-12 mm. long; petals 5, white, narrowly oblanceolate, often shorter than the sepals; stamens 10; styles 3.
Capsule half as long as the sepals, opening by 6 teeth.