Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington along the coast; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Salt marshes, bluffs and cliffs along the coast.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a stout, elongate taproot or an erect, woody base, slightly woolly at the crown; scapes 5-25 cm. long, with stiff, aligned hairs.
Leaves all basal, linear, fleshy, nearly glabrous, mostly sessile, weakly several-nerved, 5-25 cm. long.
Inflorescence a dense, bracteate spike, 2-10 cm. long and under 1 cm. thick; bracts fleshy, broadly triangular-ovate, 1.5-4 mm. long; calyx 4-lobed; corolla tube densely short-hairy, the 4 lobes 1-1.5 mm. long; stamens 4, exerted; ovary superior, 2-celled.