Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Coastal to montane openings, rocky slopes, forests and shores.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Tufted perennials, without stolons, the stems 10-40 cm. tall.
Basal leaves 5-15 cm. long and 3-7 mm. broad, the margins with long, soft, wavy hairs; leaf bases sheathing, the throats of the sheaths with long, soft, wavy hairs.
Inflorescence of 1-6 umbellate or sessile glomerules, spheric to nearly cylindric, 5-15 mm. long and 5-7 mm. wide, the branches straight, divergent; perianth 2-5 mm. long, dark brown to pale with clear margins, the outer 3 tepals longer than the inner 3.
Capsules spheric, greenish to dark brown, usually shorter than the perianth.