Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to California east to Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.
Habitat: Open slopes and dry meadows, from sagebrush desert to middle elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Deciduous, erect, branching shrubs 0.5-1.5 m. tall.
Leaves opposite, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 1-3.5 cm. long and 5-25 mm. wide, short-petiolate.
Flowers solitary on short, drooping pedicels in the leaf axils, and often also on short, few-flowered terminal racemes; corolla elongate, bell-shaped, noticeably longer than wide, 7-10 mm. long, pink or white, the 5 lobes + to as long as the tube; stamens 5; style 2-4 mm. long, glabrous; ovary 4-celled, inferior.
Fruit berry-like, fleshy, broadly ellipsoid, 7-10 mm. long, with 2 seeds, white.