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Perennial from a branched stem-base and a short rhizome; tufted, often matted; stems erect, several, simple or branched, densely crinkled-hairy, 7-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2-6 cm long, 2-6 mm wide, mostly deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves opposite, 2-6 pairs, about the same size as the basal leaves, slightly hairy; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually 2-15 flowers in a contracted cluster; petals 5, white to pink or occasionally purple, stalklike at the bases, the blades 3-7 mm long, 2-lobed, the stalks 5-8 mm long; sepals white to usually pink or purple, united, forming a tube 10-15 mm long, 10-nerved, hairy and more or less glandular.
Capsules 10-14 mm long, 3- (4)-valved; seeds brown, 0.8-1.1 mm long, roughened.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia