Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to Oregon and Nevada, east to Alberta and New Mexico.
Habitat: Gravelly ridges, cliffs and rock crevices at high elevations.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Herbaceous perennial from short, thick rhizomes, the erect flowering stems 5-15 cm. tall; several brownish, withered bracts persist over-winter at the base of the stem.
Basal leaves 4-10 cm. long and about 1 mm. broad; cauline leaves 2-4, much shorter and 1-2 mm. broad.
Flowers usually solitary, occasionally 2; tepals 6, all alike, white with purplish veins, oblong to broadly oblanceolate, 6-12 mm. long; stamens 6, inserted at the base of the tepals, about half as long as the tepals, equaling the single style; ovary 3-celled.
Capsule obovoid, 6-8 mm. long.