Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; Washington south to California, east to Montana and Colorado.
Habitat: Sagebrush desert, often where vernally moist
Growth Duration: Annual
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Pubescent, glandular annual, the main stem branched at the base but simple above, 5-25 cm. tall.
Basal leaves long-petiolate, the blades oblong-lanceolate to oblanceolate, 1-3 cm. long and 4-15 mm. broad, greatly reduced upward to linear, sessile bracts in the upper part of the spikes.
Flowers in loose, bracteate spikes, the branches with flowers nearly to the base; calyx tube 0.5-2 mm. long, the 4 lobes distinct and reflexed, 1-2 mm. long; petals obovate, pale yellow to off-white, aging to pink, 1-2 mm. long; stamens 8, with 4 filaments about equal to the petals, the other 4 much shorter; style slightly longer than the stamens, the stigma globose; ovary inferior, 4-celled.
Capsule linear, 12-25 mm. long, conspicuously contorted, often coiled.