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Biennial herb from a short taproot; stems erect, many, simple to branched near the base, 10-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves forming a tuft, egg-shaped to oblanceolate, unstalked, 1.5-4 cm long, rounded at the tip, 3- to 5-veined; lower stem leaves similar to basal; upper stem leaves reduced, narrower, becoming more pointed at the tip.
Inflorescence of crowded, flat-topped, terminal clusters of unstalked or short-stalked flowers; corollas yellowish to pinkish-red, 1.1-1.6 cm long; calyces 4-6 mm long, lobes slender; anthers 1.5-2 mm long and conspicuously twisted; bracteoles 2, subtending the axillary flowers.
Capsules, cylindric, slender, thin-walled, 8-10 mm long; seeds irregularly angled, honeycombed, pitted.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia