Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Alberta and Wyoming; in the Olympics and Cascades in Washington
Habitat: Rocky sites in high coniferous forests to alpine meadows
Flowers: June - August
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Matted, evergreen shrubs 1-4 dm. tall, forming large mats, the young stems finely pubescent and glandular, soon becoming glabrous.
Leaves linear, alternate, closely crowded, persistent, 8-16 mm. long and 1-2 mm. broad, deeply grooved beneath, leaving a peg-like leaf scar.
Flowers single in the leaf axils, clustered at the stem tips; calyx lobes 5, nearly distinct, ovate-lanceolate, obtuse; corolla united, bell-shaped, about 7 mm. long, deep pinkish-rose, the 5 short lobes recurved; stamens 10, included, the reddish anthers without awns, opening by apical slits; ovary superior, glandular-pubescent.
Capsule opening from the apex.